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. The interests of parents are actually divided because for example, some prefer enrolling their kids in a public school due to the cultural diversity it offers while other parents believe that the tuition they pay in private schools mean that their kids receive outstanding education.
It is sure a bit confusing because school options are bigger than what it were 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. Much like the conventional public schools, these charter schools are free but, they are not discriminating against students due to their gender, disability or race. But before parents can enroll their child in a charter school, they must submit first a separate application form. 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 the school is more likely to get fundraising if they are doing a great job.
As for a private school, they are able to continuously operate primarily because of private funding they get from tuition fees, parents via grants, donations and so on. 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.
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. In fact, private schools are able to offer curriculums or even religious education that is not offered by the state standards since they’re independent.