January 17, 2021

Private schools pull students away from public schools

Private institutions are attracting wealthy families who are frustrated with public schools’ flip-flopping on remote and in-person learning. The trend is weakening public schools, which will lose funding as they lose students, and deepening the divide between how rich and poor kids are educated.

In districts across America, public schools have had to follow local and state guidelines and stick with online school, while private schools have offered in-person alternatives. That’s appealing to parents who are fed up with virtual learning because it forces them to juggle work and child care, or because the schooling is not as high in quality as in-person instruction.

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