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Pros And Cons of Public vs. Charter Schools


As some of you may know, my sister is an educator and has worked both in a charter and public school. I was speaking to one of m y friends who has children the other day, and she was sharing that she is unsure if she wants to enroll her child in a public or charter school for the 2023-2024 school year because of a variety of factors. I connected her with my sister so she could offer her some insight and it got me thinking, how many other parents are struggling with this decision? So I’ve decided to make a pros and cons list for both public and charter schools, in hopes that this will help parents as they consider their options.


Public School

Pros:

  • There are typically more resources for students who have special needs

In public schools, there are often more classes and educators available for students who need more 1:1 time with teachers or special accommodations. If your child needs help as an ENL student, oftentimes, public schools will have the resources to help them.

  • Children have more freedom! Charter schools have rigid dress codes and don’t offer the same liberties of children expressing themselves as public schools. IN public schools kids are encouraged to curate their own style and identify, whereas charter schools focus on a group uniformity mindset.



Cons:

  • Funding is based on zoning, which can lead to unfair advantages for districts. If you come from a lower income area, your school probably will not have the same luxuries as neighboring districts with higher property taxes.

  • Behavior is not regulated in the same way as charter schools, meaning more behavioral issues.In charter schools, behavior is key to a child succeeding and remaining in that school. Children are expected to be on their best behavior at all times, and this is strictly enforced. Public schools don’t have the luxury of being as strict with their students, leading to more issues in and out of the classroom.


Charter School:


Pros:

  • Classes are smaller! Usually, in charter schools, classrooms are about 1:15 students, allowing the teacher to really focus on each child. They also usually have the same teacher continuously and they create a relationship with that teacher, leading them to feel more supported and successful. In public schools, we often see that teachers have larger classrooms and kids do not have the privilege of having the same teacher year after year.

  • Charter schools work off of grants, meaning there is more equity in schools. Despite the location of a school, they are still able to afford the same luxuries of neighboring schools depending on the grants they receive.


Cons:

  • Some charter schools, not all, do not require certifications for their teachers. The teachers just need a background in their particular subject, or a degree. This can be harmful because teaching certifications give teachers a strong foundation in basics like classroom management and being able to see signs of neglect, abuse or learning disabilities within children.

  • They don’t have as many extracurricular activities as public schools. One of my friends enrolled her son in charter school and he just started sports in 9th grade. Before that, they did not have sports teams and they didn’t offer classes like band, orchestra, or dance.


We hope this helps! Let us know in the comments, do you prefer public or charter schools?


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