By: Diane Benjamin
All of the information below came from the Illinois State Board of Education website: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Annual-Statistical-Report.aspx
During the 1969-1970 school year 2,324,516 students were enrolled in Public Schools.
During the 2018-2019 school year 1,984,519 students were enrolled in Public Schools.
That’s a 14.63% decrease.
Note the increase in bilingual education, see if you can tell when Illinois welcomed illegals.
Non-Public Schools, this information isn’t as readily available and doesn’t cover the same time frame. The large decrease in Public Education was not due to parents sending their students to private schools. Some data is missing, it isn’t essential to seeing the trend.
Enrollment in 1979-1980 was 352,248.
Enrollment in 2018-2019 was 198,643. A 43.6% drop!