Public vs Private Schools Outline

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Appendix F

Outline and Thesis Statement Guide

What is your thesis statement? While there are many similarities between public and private high schools there are also many differences that help you choose between public school and private.

Introduction: When it is time to attend school, how will you choose between public and private schools? While you will be attending yourself or sending your children to school your ultimate goal is to find a school that will meet you or your child’s needs. Having had first-hand experience with both schools, it allowed me to compare differences of each school system.

I.First main point: The differences between public education admission and private education admission.
A. Another obvious distinction between public and private schools results from their respective admissions procedures.
1.In many private schools admission can become very competitive.
2.Unlike public schools, private schools are not obligated to accept every child.
B.By law, public schools must accept all children.
1.Enrolling your child involves little more than filling out a few forms and providing proof of your address to the local school district office.
2.Public schools in larger metropolitan areas offer special schools with competitive enrollment based on students' GPAs or artistic abilities. 
II.Second main point: The most obvious discrepancy between public and private schools comes down to cold, hard cash. A.The good news for parents is that public schools cannot charge tuition.
1.The bad news is that public schools are complicated, often underfunded operations influenced by political winds and shortfalls.
2. Financed through federal, state, and local taxes, public schools are part of a larger school system.
B.Private schools must generate their own funding, which typically comes from a variety of sources.
1.Private school tuition,...
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