Public vs. Private Schools

A comparison of public and private schools, the pros and cons of each, and a look at the cost of getting a stellar education at both. Take a look at some of the most expensive schools, notable public school alumni, and learn more about “private” public schools.
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Published January 13, 2011 |
How Many Politicians Send their Kids to Public Schools?
Politicians are public servants, but how many actually send their own children to public schools? Learn about the figures, the numbers, and which politicians are actually putting their children where their campaigns are.
Public education becomes a popular platform for politicians during election season.  However, just how many of those federal legislators enjoy the fruits of their labors? According to some of the most recent figures, a high percentage of public servants opt for private school when it comes to educating their own children and grandchildren. We'll take a look at some of the specific numbers to determine just how big a stake our country's politicians have in the state of our public education system today.

The Heritage Foundation
 
The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational think tank that was founded in 1973. According to the organization's website, a survey conducted on members of Congress in 2003 showed that nearly half of the members sent at least one child to private school. Specific figures showed that 41% of representatives in the House and 46% of U.S. senators send or have sent at least one of their children to a private institution. That contrasts with the rest of the country, where only 10% of families send kids to private schools. This 2003 survey showed similar results to surveys conducted in 2001 and 2002, indicating the trend was ongoing.
 
Other data gathered by the Heritage Foundation showed the following Washington elite also exercised their private school option:
 
       ·        31% of House Education and Workforce committee members
 
       ·        45% of House Ways and Means committee members
 
       ·        56% of Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee members
 
       ·        47% of Senate Finance committee members
 
       ·        29% of Congressional Black Caucus
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Published May 13, 2010 |
Can You Afford a Stellar Public School Education?
Dissect "America's Best Schools for Your Housing Buck" and learn about the top ranked public schools in America in cities where the median home price is as low as $200,000.
In choosing the best place to raise a family, parents have always ranked the quality of a school district. For many, choosing the most expensive school district in the region was often equivalent to giving kids the best possible start in life. However, quality education can be found at all economic levels, as long as you are willing to take the time to research each district individually when choosing a home for your family.

Forbes recently made the search a bit easier by publishing "The Best Schools for Your Housing Buck," which lists the top 25 school districts across the country, based on a variety of criteria. Forbes researched the top school districts in the country that provided both a high quality education and fabulous housing for residents. While some of the districts on this list are still relatively pricey for the average American, there are also some locations that provide positive educational opportunities for a fraction of the price.
 
Smart Criteria Used
 
Forbes and GreatSchools looked at more than 17,000 cities and towns in 49 states to assemble their listing. Factors considered included:
  • Test score data
  • Public school enrollment from K-12
  • Median home prices for 2009
  • Population data for 2009
Some cities were eliminated from the list because of populations less than 10,000, since these areas offered insufficient data for analysis. The study also left out the state of Nebraska, since it does not currently offer a standardized state-wide testing process to evaluate student performance. Cities with fewer than five K-12 schools
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Updated March 03, 2015 |
Public School vs. Private School
Know the issues involved when considering public versus private schools. Read more about these considerations in this article.
As a parent, you’re always looking out for your children, trying to make the best decisions for them and their futures. When it comes to schooling, parents often have to work out whether to send their children to private school or keep them in public school. Hopefully this article will help you decide which school is best for your family. We’ll first talk generally about some of the different factors that impact decisions regarding public and private schools. Then we’ll go over some national statistics regarding public and private schools. Finally we’ll leave you with a conclusion that should help you decide what is best for you.
   
Factors affecting Private versus Public school decisions
 
Public schools are schools that are provided by state and federal funding. Ninety percent of the children today in America attend public school. Private schools include both parochial schools and non-parochial schools. According to a special report published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 2002, in 1999–2000, approximately 27,000 private schools accounted for 24 percent of all schools in the US and 12 percent of all full-time-equivalent teachers. Clearly, there are many more public schools that provide education to American students than their private counterparts.
 
Usually when considering private versus public school, parents will have one or more factors that concern them.When looking at public or private schools, the following factors come into play:
  • Academic reputation and college preparation
  • School size and Class size
  • Safety reputation
  • Special programs
  • Costs
  • Religious and Moral instruction
  • Location
  • Ideology
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