The Private School Boom

Evans, M. Stanton
May 1980
National Review;5/16/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 10, p602
The article discusses the growth of private education in the U.S. According to the Bureau of the Census, the number of students in private schools in the U.S. more than doubled between 1965 and 1975. This pattern of growth goes sharply counter to the previous record, which had shown a steady diminution in private school attendance. However, for the 1960s as a whole, private elementary and secondary school enrollments declined from 13.6 percent to 10.1 percent of the national total. The number of students in private colleges also fell. The trend away from private schools was prompted by financial considerations--rising tuition fees.


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