This Crain's trend story (Sorry, kids: It's public school now) suggests that scads of Chicago parents are sending their kids to public schools because of the recession, but has no hard figures to back that up.
It makes sense that this might be happening, but I'd be less skeptical if there were some numbers in the story, or reduced applications at private schools that could be verified. (Remember the Tribune piece a couple of years ago about parents moving back into Chicago and sending their kids to CPS?)
And, it should be noted, there are lots of private schools that aren't all that great. The piece assumes that private is better, and that's not necessarily the case except at the very tippy top of the food chain.
Are you seeing former private school kids in Chicago or suburban public schools? Do you know anyone who's made the move?