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Schools come in all shapes sizes specialties and qualities The economy helps parents decide which route to take when it comes to their childs education Comparing private schools to public schools is like comparing apples to oranges They have so many things in common yet they are so different I will discuss private schools first Private schools are tuition based This being said they are allowed to set their own rules The basic funding comes from grants sponsors fundraising from the parents and outside sources The schools that are connected to a parish or religious group receive funding from them as well The median tuition for a private school is 1744100 per student per school year NAIS 2008 Private schools have the opportunity of choosing the type of children accepted into their program Through entrance exams testing and background checks are done Private schools have a smaller teacher to student ratio averaging 10 to 15 students per class NAIS 2008 People assume that the teachers are equal but they are not Most private school teachers are not required to be state certified Private schools have the option of choosing their own curriculum They are able to totally avoid standardized test if they choose On the issue of state testing private schools exceeded that of the public school in math and reading 10 out of 11 comparisons of students Hanushek Peterson and Woessmann2010 Private schools are not obligated to publish their test scores Teachers are paid on a smaller scale and not too many schools in the private sector offer benefits I will discuss public schools second Public schools are free of charge to the students and their parents They are funded by the government and must follow the rules that placed before them
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