Cato Institute Study Shows Charter Schools Pulling Enrollment from Private Schools

The increase in charter school enrollment nationwide has come in part from students leaving private schools, which raises public education funding policy questions, according to a study published August 28, 2012, by the Cato Institute.

The impact is felt especially in highly urban areas, where private schools contribute 32 percent of charter elementary students, 23 percent of charter middle school enrollments and 15 percent of high school enrollments, according to the study by Richard Buddin, an economist at the RAND Corporation. Enrollment declines have hit all types of private schools, with Catholic schools seeing the largest percent decline.