ERIC Number: ED296482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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Private Elementary/Secondary Education: Recent Trends in Number of Schools, Students, and Teachers.
Orr, David B.
Disappointment in public education seems to have inspired an increased interest in private education. Data provided by the Center for Education Statistics, the National Catholic Educational Association, and the Bureau of the Census Current Population Survey were studied to assess the trend from 1976 to 1985 concerning the number of schools, students, and teachers in private education as opposed to public education. According to the data, the number of public schools decreased at a constant rate while the number of private schools increased at a constant rate; the trend in student enrollment seems to support the trend in the number of schools; and the number of full-time equivalent private school teachers increased moderately at first, then very strongly, while the number of public school teachers decreased at first, then recovered. The data also reveal that Catholic schools do not account for the increase; instead, Christian/fundamentalist schools seem to be responsible for the increase. Generally, the data imply that the role of private education is increasing. Six tables are included. (RG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).