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Fewer students enrol at private schools in USA

| March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

A 2011 edition of a report issued annually by Congress is receiving renewed attention as American lawmakers seize all opportunities to find solutions to problems in education.

The Condition of Education report finds that the number of students enrolled in private schools from preschool through to Grade 12 has declined sharply over the past decade. At the start of the 2001 school year, 6.3 million students enrolled in private institutions. By the same time in 2009, that number had dropped to 5.5 million, or by 12.7%.

A key reason seems to be the increasing popularity of charter schools – independent schools that qualify for public funding. The number of students enrolled in public charter American schools has more than tripled over the past decade.

The economic downturn and rising school fees have also contributed to the decline in private school enrolment. Government figures indicate that fees had increased at private schools by 74% between 2000 and 2007, outpacing the inflation rate of about 24%. Between 2001 and 2007, the total number of private schools fell 37 000 to 33 700.

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