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This is true. After working in catholic schools for 15 years, my pay is now
comparable to starting salaries in some districts around Pittsburgh. And
there is no one on our faculty who lives on his or her salary alone. They
all either work extra jobs or work in multiple salary households.
> Is it my imagination or do the private schools get
> a higher percentage of kids from families that value education?
I work in a parochial school, and I believe it is true here. We do have
many wonderful, committed families.
One related topic: It is often noted that private schools can choose who
attends. There is truth to this, but we seldom exercise this power because
of both our mission AND our need for students. I can only recall 3 times in
the last 12 years when a student was asked to leave. Incidentally, We have
received occasional new students who explain that 'things didn't work out'
in their previous public schools, and I've heard of students being expelled
from public schools. Do public schools actually have that option? Maybe
all schools do to some extent.