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We don’t write about private schools often.
That’s something one reader, Pam Volker – who also happens to be headmistress of the Warren-Walker School, a pre-K through eighth grade private school in San Diego – very kindly pointed out to me several weeks ago.
There are no laws in California that allow public funds to flow to private schools, and there is a good chance that even if some sort of voucher legislation passed federally – which hasn’t come close to happening yet – it may not gain traction here, according to an analysis from EdSource. Californians resoundingly rejected school voucher measures in 1993 and 2000.
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I would speculate that the decline is due to the failing charter school movement which is loaded with swindling management.
@Allen Carter except Charter schools are not "private" schools. They are public schools.
Ms. Srikrishnan: After going to the web site you linked to Mr Reynold's CAPSO page I find it interesting that you put such a negative spin on what Mr. Reynolds concludes. The remainder of that statement you quoted is positive. It points out the gift that private schools are to the California Tax payer. I am curious why you decided not to include that element. Instead your article seems to only imply the negative that private schools are a potential liability.
Rather than looking at private school students as a potential liability of $5.2 billion doesn't it make more sense to say that private schools save the state $5.2 billion since the parents of private school children still pay taxes to fund public schools even though their children are not using them. So that is additional revenue that is available to the state school system. Parents who choose to sacrifice to send their children to private school are a life saver to the California public school system.
private schools are expensive, the cost of living goes up and wages stay stagnant. public schools are a reasonable option.
The decline in private school enrollment is a good trend. Public schools offer education to a diverse (in iculture,class and race) student body, thereby teaching kids about the real world.
@bgetzel To quote the CAPSO site that is linked in this article "American private education reflects the diversity that is a hallmark of our country’s strength, freedom and creativity. Private schools span the ideological gamut, from Society of Friends (Quaker) schools to military academies, include parochial schools associated with multiple faiths and denominations, and feature an array of non-sectarian schools with differing philosophies of education, visions and missions. Private schools are urban, suburban and rural, large and small, progressive and traditional, religious and secular, independent and networked in various associations. In short, private schools offer parents and students a broad and meaningful range of educational options."