Charter school district sees rise in enrollment while a local public school district sees a drop

Stephanie Shields:

As the pandemic continues presenting changes and challenges for schools across the country, a charter school district in El Paso sees a jump in enrollment.

Dr. Joe E. Gonzales, the superintendent of the Burnham Wood Charter School District, said a large portion of new enrollment at his schools is driven by families looking for face-to-face instruction while some public schools remain fully online for at least a few more weeks.

“A lot has to do with face-to-face instruction, parents are in a hard situation, taking their kids to school and trying to keep a job, so I’m glad we can offer a safe place for their kids,” Gonzales said.