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Private Schooling and COVID-19: How Has the Sector Fared?

When the country went on lockdown in March 2020, schools of all types were forced to close their doors, while families, businesses, and others braced for a major economic hit. This combination seemed especially dangerous for private schools, which, unlike public schools, rely on paying families and other voluntary financial support. Since the first announcement of a private school closing permanently due to the pandemic, Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom has monitored private schooling’s condition. In this forum, we’ll give our assessment of the health of private K–12 education, and speakers representing three major parts of the private schooling spectrum will discuss how their institutions have fared and what the future holds.

Donna Orem

President, National Association of Independent Schools

Sister Dale McDonald

Director of Public Policy, National Catholic Educational Association

Lynn E. Swaner

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Association of Christian Schools International