It is natural for parents to seek the best education for their little ones but, where the search must be started? For most parents, choosing between local public school, private school or charter school cause great level of confusion. For personal bias however, it has a large impact onto 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.
It is sure a bit confusing because school options are bigger than what it were used to. The best choice may not always be the school nearest to you depending on your district, family and child. Because public schools depend largely on local, state and federal tax dollars, there is a possibility that the funding might be cut. Aside from that, public schools have to stick to the guidelines set by the state on the things they should teach and how to assess children.
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. 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 run independently and some are being operated by private companies for 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. Say for example that the school is poorly managed and has low test score, the charter is on the edge of being shut down. 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.
Last but not the least, in areas wherein voucher system is applied, some private schools are primarily funded by tuition fee that is paid for by the state’s voucher. Since they are autonomous, private schools are free to provide religious education or even curriculum that isn’t regulated by state standards.