Private Schooling After a Year of COVID-19: How the Private Sector Has Fared and How to Keep it Healthy [open pdf - 281KB]
From the Executive Summary: "As COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] struck the United States in March 2020, sending the nation into lockdown, worry about the fate of private schools was high. These schools, which only survive if people can pay for them, seemed to face deep trouble. Many private schools have thin financial margins even in good economic times and rely not only on tuition but also on fundraisers, such as in-person auctions, to make ends meet. When the pandemic hit, many such events were canceled, and churches no longer met in person, threatening contributions that help support some private schools. Simultaneously, many private schooling families faced tighter finances, making private schooling less affordable. Finally, families that could still afford private schooling might have concluded that continuing to pay for education that was going to be online-only made little sense. To gauge how the private schooling sector has fared amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cato's Center for Educational Freedom launched the COVID-19 Permanent Private School Closures tracker. The tracker attempts to capture all private schools that announced permanent closure--not just temporary closure of a building to in-person education--with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic having at least partially driven the decision."
Cato Institute Policy Analysis No. 914
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