There was a huge growth, particularity in the South after intercity busing to force desegregation became the norm. Many of those were Christian schools. But with the middle class being squeezed, it is no wonder that private schools are falling by the wayside and being replaced by a strange hybrid called charter schools.
Many of these were formed and operated to bridge the gap between public schools that were once the pride of the USA and the desire for pseudo-private schools and public funding. Or more bluntly a method to skirt the spirit of the Supreme Court Rulings mandating equal educational opportunities for all.
The End of Private Schools?
THE ATLANTIC CITIES - The number of students enrolled in private schools has dropped precipitously in the last decade, from 5.3 million children in 2002 to 4.7 million in 2012. In 2005, 10.7 percent of children were in private school; that number fell to 10 percent in 2010.
The knee-jerk reaction to this news is to blame the recession. But according to new research from Stephanie Ewert of the U.S. Census Bureau, the real reason for this shift isn't belt-tightening (in fact, Ewert found that short-term economic highs and lows have very little impact on private school enrollment), but rather the rise of charters, especially in major cities.
Ewert found a significant negative correlation between enrollment trends in charter schools and private schools. In other words, as a city's charter school network expands, enrollment in private schools decline.
Local public school funding is under pressure as real wages have fallen and real estate values are down and thus property tax revenues have fallen or are not keeping up with educational funding needs.
Since the Federal government failed in its oversight capacity which then brought on these funding calamities, the least they could do is raise the monies to keep everything stable until markets repair. It's just not fair to the generations caught in the cross-hairs of inadequate education funding. Long-term damage to them was preventable.