Are Catholic schools run by seculars (non-religious laity) a post-Vatican II novelty?

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In 1965 indicate there were 13,292 schools serving 5.6 million students with religious orders positioned in nearly 100% of administrative positions and 58% religious as full-time professional staff (Guerra, 1991). However, 2009-2010 figures show a sharp decline with only 7,248 Catholic schools, 2.2 million students, and only 3% religious orders serving as full-time professional staff (NCEA, 2010). […] the closing of nearly 50% of its schools and 97% fewer religious serving the remaining ones

(my emphases)

Transition in Staffing from Religious to Lay
during the period of 1965 to 2010

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