All schools—public, private, and religious—are facing tremendous financial challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Public schools must withstand substantial declines in tax revenue due to the economic downturn. Private and religious schools, which rely on tuition payments, will close en masse if families can no longer afford payments. Roughly 10% of U.S. students receive a private education. Refusing to direct funding to the private sector ultimately harms the children who rely on these schools to meet their educational needs. This should not be a partisan issue—Congress must take action to ensure that all students receive the education that they deserve.
SOURCE: 2018 ACS State-Level Student Enrollment Data
Ray Domanico is a senior fellow and director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute.
Brandon McCoy is the project manager of education policy at the Manhattan Institute.