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Medspeak-UK
Private school, non-state school; a term used in the UK for a private, often very selective school which generally caters to the upper class. The term was first used by Eton College in the UK, and referred to the fact that it was open to the paying public, as opposed to a religious school, which was open only to members of a certain church. It also distinguished it from a private education at home (usually only the choice of the very wealthy who could afford private tutors). While public schools were traditionally single-sex boarding schools, many now accept day pupils and accept girls for sixth-form studies. Most date back to the 18th or 19th centuries.

Medspeak-US
A school open to the public and paid for by public funds.
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However, finding both father and son against her on this point, she gave in, like a wise woman, and proceeded to prepare Tom's kit for his launch into a public school.
He had induced the legislature to establish the first public school for deaf-mutes, the school that drew Bell to Boston in 1871.
Any public school could send us fifty good men in your place, but it takes time, time, Porkiss, and money, and a certain amount of trouble, to make a Regiment.
All day he sat at a machine turning bolts; and then in the evening he went to the public school to study English and learn to read.
He had been eight years at a public school and had learnt, I understood, to make Latin verses of several sorts in the most admirable manner.
Everybody knows how largely the tone of a public school depends on that of the eleven, and on the character of the captain of cricket in particular; and I have never heard it denied that in A.
Moreover, it was clear that a shy, sensitive boy like me was not fit to encounter the rough experience of a public school.
They want their children to learn in a 'uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education.
His books chronicle travels among poor, minority children, most of them African Americans in struggling public schools.
That increase has led to a much higher demand for speech pathologists in public schools than in the past.
The original theory was that a less restricting environment would produce results that surpassed public schools.
The study, released by the Economic Policy Institute and Columbia University Teachers College, shows that while charter schools enroll a higher percentage of black students than regular public schools, black students in charter schools are less likely to be eligible for lunch subsidies than those in public schools.

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