It is natural for parents to seek the best education for their little ones but, where the search must be started? 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 people are saying that the tuition fee of private schools mean that their children get better education while others still prefer public schools as they’re providing cultural diversity.
Well, it sure is confusing as school options are now wider than what they’re used to. 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. In addition to that, public schools need to stick to the state guidelines on what they could teach and on how children are assessed.
Say that you don’t have the money to pay for a private school but want its quality of education, then charter schools may be right for you. Similar to a traditional public school, charter schools are free but it isn’t discriminating students based on their gender, disability or race. But before parents can enroll their child in a charter school, they must submit first a separate application form. 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.
Charter schools on the other hand are still getting funding from the government and accountable to government body whether it is a district, county or state that is providing 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. If the school is doing good otherwise, then they can get significant fundraising too.
Most private schools are depending on their private funding which might come from the parents via grants, endowments, donations and tuition. As a matter of fact, it is a normal thing for private schools to ask money from community organization and businesses as well as alumni. If for instance that the school has affiliation to catholic church or other religious group, then that can be a source of their funding as well.
Lastly, in areas with voucher system, some of the private schools are funded mainly by tuition fee that’s paid for by the voucher from state. Because they’re autonomous, private schools can provide curriculums or religious education that is not regulated by the state’s standards.