Today’s Choices for Selecting a School: Private, Public, Charter, or Homeschool


Today, “equity” and “a quality education” are is at the forefront of education conversations. Local and national efforts are increasing to meet individual students where they are and provide relevant support to overcome obstacles preventing them from a fair chance at an education in a public school. Three years ago, gender was one of the variables that held a spotlight as districts set up a blueprint to develop new schools – namely public charter schools. A strong opposition arose against this initiative based on interpretations of Title IX. Today, mixed and single public schools are still present in the United States but what is now in the forefront are an increase in private charter schools and homeschools.. This paper attempts to capture a broad understanding of school choice –private charter schools, public charter schools, public schools, and homeschools. Overall, the paper will touch on the most fundamental differences among schools and use the template of questions that originally was linked to single and mixed gender public schools – as a research frame for looking at charter schools overall.

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Margaret Ferrara, University of Nevada Reno, United States

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Conference: IICEHawaii2020
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education

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Ferrara M. (2020) Today’s Choices for Selecting a School: Private, Public, Charter, or Homeschool ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2020 Official Conference Proceedings
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