Recession's Impact on Education

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Center for the Next Generation and Parents magazine recently surveyed over 2,100 parents across the country about how the recession and ensuing slow economic recovery has impacted parenthood — from family planning to education choices.

On the education front, 1 in 5 parents indicated they have been unable to provide their children with the quality of education they would like due to the state of the economy. According to the survey findings, private school enrollment in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade increased from 5.9 million in 1995-96 to 6.3 million in 2001-02 before decreasing to 5.5 million in 2009-10.

A Gallup survey released last month determined that more than half of American parents are dissatisfied with American public education — ranking public schools behind private, parochial and charter schools, but ahead of home schooling.

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