Recessionomics: Invasion Of The Private School People


Check out Greg Toppo's USA Today story about private school parents
in Chicago and elsewhere moving their kids over to public schools in response to the recession (Recession fuels shift from private to public schools).

Is this happening among any parents and at schools you know? 

Where it's taking place, the
shifts create challenges (and opportunities) for the kids, their
parents, and the schools that receive them.  Private schools have held
onto families with boosts in financial aid, Toppo reports, but can't do
that forever.  For public schools, the recession is accelerating
gentrification, with all the benefits and drawbacks that apply.

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  • There are a lot of new students at Mt. Greenwood Elem who transferred in from Catholic school.

  • And, Mt. Greenwood moved out some self-contained sped classrooms in response. The students were put in other CPS schools. Edmonds. Clissold. Maybe others?

  • A source from your alma mater, Mr. Russo (NNM) says many parents are angling for the Northside Prep/Walter Payton of the k-6 also known as the New Ogden School, which will probably open doors in 2012 or 13. Also at Carpenter, where they're taking 7th and 8th kids whose parents can make sense of the disorganized messes that are the CPS admissions policies. I agree with Toppo, these parents of minority children need training in advocacy or the schools need transparency, too many counselors are clueless.

  • So sad! More private school buildings for UNO to take over.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Parents who have their students in private schools, will stay away from UNO schools, since the curriculum is basically "Test Prep" by nature.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Then why are UNO schools so popular with parents? Look how filled to the gills they are?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I doubt that. The economic and class demographics show that that middle class don't send nor plan to send their kids to UNO schools. As stated, UNO Schools are Test Prep schools!!!

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Brilliant analysis.

    Aren't UNO schools typically in overcrowded neighborhoods where the regular schools are also filled to the gills? Regardless, neighborhood schools seem to be equally as popular or more popular with parents - there are so many of them that are bursting at the seams!

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    It's an option in elementary schools, but can't imagine it in HS. Even when I lost my job, a tearful visit to Morgan Park strengthened my resolve to keep her in a private school regardless of the sacrifice

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