Applications Steady, Aid Up at Private Schools


Contrary to what you might expect, demand for private schools did not decline this year in response to the tanking economy. One possible explanation offered by a Daily News article today? Parents are worried that the confluence of government budget problems and lower disposable incomes will lead to overpopulation and underperformance of public schools. As a result, more parents in private schools are doing whatever it takes to come up with the tuition. Not surprisingly, applications for financial aid have increased. “We have gotten more financial aid inquiries,” said Ruth Scharf, president of the Manhattan-based Parents League. “Yet overall we find that families are committed to educating their children and they are going to find a way to do this.” Any tales of parents bailing from private schools in Brooklyn?

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