A lot of parents are puzzled where they should start with the search in an effort to give the best level of education in their kids. For a lot of parents, selecting between local public school, private school or charter school can be a big roadblock. For most, personal bias has a big effect on their decision. Some say that the tuition fee asked by private school is equivalent to getting superior level of education for their children while others are committed to public schools as they are providing cultural diversity.
Compared to what it was used to, there are now more options available for schools. Let us face the fact that your district, family and child oftentimes set the tone of which school is the best. Because public schools depend largely on local, state and federal tax dollars, there is a possibility that the funding might be cut. Furthermore, public schools should be able to stick to the guiding principles set by the state on how to assess children and what they can teach.
When it comes to charter schools however, this is more of a hybrid of public and private. Much like the conventional public schools, these charter schools are free but, they are not discriminating against students due to their gender, disability or race. Parents however should submit a separate application in enrolling their child in the charter school. And similar to private schools, the spaces in a charter school are limited oftentimes. These schools are also independent and some are run by private companies for generating profit.
Still, charter schools receive funding from the government and accountable to a government body whether it’s a district, county or state that provides the charter. The charter is on the edge of being shut down if for instance that the school constantly receives low test score and poorly managed. But the school is more likely to get fundraising if they are doing a great job.
Many private schools depend on private funding which comes in different forms like tuition fees, parents via grants, donations and endowments. Most of the time, private schools seek money from alumni, community organization and businesses. If the school is associated to a religious group, the religious organization like catholic church can be a major funding source as well.
And in places to which voucher system is applicable, some private schools are being funded primarily by tuition fee that has been paid for by voucher from state. In fact, private schools are able to offer curriculums or even religious education that is not offered by the state standards since they’re independent.