Public schools offer a multitude of options that are for the most part free. Sports and extracurricular activities do have fees; however most schools offer aid and scholarships for students who cannot afford them. Public schools are state and federally funded meaning that any student who lives in the designated zone can attend for free. This also means that public schools are held to a strict set of standards that are set forth by the state and federal governments. They receive tax revenue to fund teacher salaries and most school programs. They may have a few programs that are funded by specific groups like DARE, but for the most part the tax payers fund public schools.
Private schools, on the other hand, are not state funded and are not held to as many state laws; so that means that they cost money. Private schools (Great Schools, 2008, Cost ¶ 2) do not receive tax revenues, but instead are funded through tuition, fundraising, donations and private grants. According to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the median tuition for their member’s private day schools in 2005-2006 in the United States was close to $14,000 for grades 1 to 3, $15,000 for grades 6 to 8 and $16,600 for grades 9 to 12. That brings us to our first question. Is this cost feasible for the family?
Teachers in public schools are state certified (Public School Review, 2003, Quality of Teachers, ¶ 1), which means that they have gone through the... [continues]
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