Do you have a child who’s nearing school-age? Deciding where to send your child to school is highly important, and one that you should not take lightly. Consider the drawbacks and benefits of public school education to help your decision-making process.
Given the unstable state of the economy almost worldwide, an increasing number of people are choosing to send their children to public schools so they could start saving up for college, which we all know costs quite a lot of money. If you want to have an idea how public schools are funded, zoned, operated and the pros and cons of attending a K-12 public school, read on and you might find the information that you are looking for.
Information About Public Schools
Public schools are funded by tax revenues from federal, state and the local governments. Every school has geographic boundaries to determine which students can attend where to avoid overcrowding each school. The children will know which public school they can go to depending on the area where they live.
The public school’s general curriculum and program are customized by the state and they follow a standardized testing result, along with other statistical measures about attendance and graduation rate which provides the state with information about the performance of each public school. If the school does not meet the state minimum requirements allowed, students are directed to enroll in a different public school.
To become a teacher in a public school, one must be state-certified; the person must have experience in student teaching, must have a college degree and must have a license to teach. The teachers of public schools get tenure after a certain number of years in service and the state regulations make it hard for public schools to just fire a poor teacher who has a clean record and has not committed any gross misconduct.
Since it is stated in the law that public schools are required to educate children, each child in the zone or district gets automatically assigned to a specific school. The things that parents must do to enroll their child to a public school are identify the school zone in which their child lives by visiting the website of the school district or their state’s education department, find out when the registration of new students begins, and make an appointment with the school by calling them to fill out the necessary forms.
Disadvantages and Advantages of Public School Education
When sending your child to a public school you should be aware that there are certain advantages and disadvantages. Let us first consider with the advantages:
- You get to have free school bus transportation
- There are after school programs that your child can join
- There are extra-curricular activities available such as band, choir and theater programs
- You are sure that the teachers are certified as required by the state
- the school is accountable to the state which is of higher authority
- Your child gets to attend school with friends in the neighborhood
The disadvantages that you should know about are:
- There are little school choices for you or your child because most students must attend their zoned school
- Under-funded schools may not have the materials or they might have to cut some programs
- Classrooms are often filled to its maximum capacity
- There is too much emphasis on the standardized testing
- Both gifted and struggling students might get lost in the shuffle
- The student culture in public schools usually discourages overachievers and A students
There is a possibility of unsafe environment both in school or on the bus