(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – What has long been suspected is true. American parents are pulling their kids out of public schools by the millions and enrolling them in private schools or educating them at home.
According to The Washington Times, in a new piece headlined “Private schools, homeschoolers booming as parents exit public schools”:
“Discontent with the state of public education is sparking an enrollment boom in homeschooling groups and private schools, even as falling birth rates drive public school enrollment down.”
By way of example, the Times reports:
- The Oregon Department of Education reports public school enrollment dropped from 582,661 in 2019-2020 to 550,020 in April — and it’s on track to drop again this month.
- In Washington state, homeschooling groups are seeing record growth as public schools project years of decline.
- According to the Seattle Public Schools, enrollment in the citywide district has fallen yearly from 53,630 students in 2019-2020 to a projected 49,550 this year. The district projects enrollment will keep declining steadily to 46,910 students in the 2025-2026 school year.
- The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reports the number of homeschooling students swelled from 20,844 children in October 2019 to 32,056 in October 2021.
- The National Catholic Educational Association says enrollment in U.S. Catholic schools increased by 62,000 in 2020-21 to about 1.68 million students last year. It was their first annual increase in two decades and the biggest in 50 years of recorded data.
Clearly, for a range of reasons, a growing number of American parents are no longer willing to entrust public school systems with their children.
For more data from the Times article, click HERE.
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The National Catholic Educational Association says enrollment in U.S. Catholic schools increased by 62,000 in 2020-21 to about 1.68 million students last year. https://t.co/xRsc8bchJt
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) September 10, 2022