The Path To Finding Better Resources
It’s a natural instinct for parents to give the best level of education for their kids but the question is, where they should start their search? There are many parents actually who are confused whether they should choose local public school, private school or charter school. However, let’s take into account as well that personal bias has a major effect to the decision we are going to make. 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.
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. There is always a real risk that funding for public schools can be cut as they rely mostly on local, state and federal tax dollars. 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.
Charter schools on the other hand are offering a hybrid of both worlds. Likewise a traditional public school, the best thing about these schools is the fact that they are offered for free but, it isn’t discriminating students simply by looking at its gender, disability or race. However, parents have to submit a different application to enroll their child in 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.
You must know that these charter schools are still relying on the funding provided by the government and liable to the district, county or state that do provide 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 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. Since they are autonomous, private schools are free to provide religious education or even curriculum that isn’t regulated by state standards.