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Public Schools vs. Charter Schools

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The transition from middle school to high school is a difficult situation for all students, as well as parents. How are you supposed to balance friends, family, work, drama, and extracurricular activities while trying to meet requirements and get accepted to a good college? Choosing to attend the right high school based on your needs will help you achieve these goals. According to a 2009 Great Schools and Harris Interactive Polls, nearly one in four parents are currently considering switching their child’s school. Public schools and Charter schools are different in every way imaginable. There are many factors that determine the differences in schools, such as whether it has sports teams, a large student population, more educational opportunities, public funding, or better test scores. Each type of school has different requirements, opportunities, and reasons they exist. President Obama believes that Charter Schools are the answer for education reform. The White House states “The President supports the expansion of high-quality charter schools. He has challenged States to lift limits that stifle growth among successful charter schools and has encouraged rigorous accountability for all charter schools.” The Charter schools are opened and attended by choice. Charter schools are the alternative to other public schools, however; the schools may not charge tuition like private schools. Charter schools are state funded schools but with private school quality education, meaning that they have personalized individual attention and emphasis on each student reaching their full potential. The acceptance to a charter school is based on a lottery system and often has a waiting list. In order to be accepted and continue attending the school, students must submit to random drug testing and a strict attendance and behavior policies. This allows for undeserving students who disrupt the learning environment for others to be removed from the school. Creating a smaller student...

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