A hot topic concerning education especially when it comes to public vs. private schools – this is what school choice looks like. How parents choose to educate their children is highly debated, but do teachers have options when it comes to a school choice. Teaching is a very competitive field and it always seems like there are more teachers than there are jobs available. there are differences between public and private schools that will affect them as a teacher – this should have be known by all the teachers who applying for a position in a private school. Understanding those differences should be important. You want to teach at a place where you are comfortable. The budget of a private school typically comes from a combination of tuition and fundraising. This means that the overall budget of a school is dependent on how many students are enrolled and the overall wealth of the donors who support it. This can be challenging for newer private schools and an overall advantage for an established private school that have successful alumni willing to support the school. Schools also get some federal money to support federal programs. Some public schools are also fortunate to have local businesses or individuals who support them through donations, but this is not the norm.

 

Public vs private schools

The budget for public schools is typically tied to their state’s economic status. Schools receive less money than they typically would when a state goes through an economic hardship. Often this forces school administrators to make difficult cuts. Public schools require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate to be a certified teacher. These requirements are set by the state; where as requirements for private schools are set by their individual governing boards. Most private schools typically follow the same requirements as public schools. There are a few private schools that do not require a teaching certificate and in some cases may hire teachers without a specific degree, however.  The curriculum is mostly driven by state mandated objectives and for most stThese state mandated objectives also drive the state standardized testing that all public schools are required to give.ates will soon be driven by the Common Core State Standards for public schools.  State and federal governments have much smaller influence on private school curriculum. Private schools can essentially develop and implement their own curriculum and assessments.  One of the major differences is that private schools may incorporate religious curriculum into their schools whereas public schools cannot. Most private schools are founded based on religious principles so this allows them to indoctrinate their students with their beliefs. Other private schools may choose to focus more on a specific area such as math or science. In this case their curriculum will focus more on those specific areas, whereas a public school is more balanced in their approach. Private schools tend to have more parental support which often leads to less discipline issues. They also have more flexibility than public schools when it comes to removing a student from a classroom or removing them from school all together.