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Everything You Must Know About Charter Schools

A lot of parents are puzzled where they should start with the search in an effort to give the best level of education in their kids. For most parents, choosing between local public school, private school or charter school cause great level of confusion. For most, personal bias has a big effect on their decision. 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. Since public schools largely depend on local, state and federal tax dollars, the funding may 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.

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. Just like private schools, the space in charter schools is limited. These schools are run independently and some are being operated by private companies for 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. In the event that the school is mismanaged or has poor score on test, then the charter is on the brink of being shut down. But if the school keeps on excelling, then they are likely going to get a fundraising too.

Many private schools depend on private funding which comes in different forms like tuition fees, parents via grants, donations and endowments. Most of the time, private schools seek money from alumni, community organization and businesses. If the school is associated to a religious group, the religious organization like catholic church can be a major funding source 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. Because they’re autonomous, private schools can provide curriculums or religious education that is not regulated by the state’s standards.

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