Actually, public schools get a lot of funding (at least in CA),
what disturbs me is the allocation of the funds: The schools
individually have their own budget and allocate the funds
however they wish to. I don't like that!
My daughter attends a small catholic private school I chose
primarily for academic reason. There are only 200 kids
in the entire school and most parents know each other and
are required to volunteer a number of hours in classrooms
or other school projects, and we're there to voice our concerns
and also vote on particular curriculum choices.
Spanish is taught from Kindergarten on, and there are
computers in every classroom. The school has a library that is
updated on a regular basis and there is a cultural arts
program to introduce the children to theaters, ballet, etc.
Each class has one or two teacher aids, besides the regular
teacher which allows for breaking the class into different groups,
and the more advanced kids won't get bored.
Since it is a catholic school, community service is a big
part of it. Each class adopts a child from a poor
family and buys school supplies, clothes, and other goods
for that child. On christmas there is a adopt-a-family
program, where toys and other presents are distributed.
Then there are programs to support the local children's
hospital and much more. To me, it is important that my
child develops a social conscience in addition to her
All kids wear uniforms and don't have to compete for
designer clothes vs. hand-me-downs. Plus I like the fact
that I don't have the challenge every morning of "...but
I want to wear this, Mom!!"
Another plus for me is that the school is only 5 min. from
Okay, that's the only reason why little Jane is going there