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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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In this sense, according to the Alchian-Allen effect, the demand for private schools increases relative to public schools, as tuitions of private schools are typically higher than public schools.
A resident of Khost City, Hazir Mohammad Alamyar, said he had to drop out his brother of a private school, which he said failed to meet his expectations.
Cem GE-lan, chairman of the union, complained in a press statement about the government's failure to consult private schools before making a decision that will affect the future of private educational institutions and expressed his concerns in this regard.
EDUCATION minister, Giorgos Demosthenous, has compiled a list of illegally-run private schools, in response to a request made by DISY deputy Efthymios Diplaros.
More than 460 private schools have been registered at the Ministry of Education (MoE) over the past few years and their numbers are increasing day by day.
Fahed, an Arabic teacher, says: "The private school salary is not enough.
The report compared fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math scores in 2003 from nearly 7,000 public schools and more than 530 private schools. It was conducted under the auspices of the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of the Education Department, and a private group, the Educational Testing Service.
It had to find that the state's constitution prohibits the use of public funds in private schools. That was the key issue.
Probably the most alarming clause in the Parental Choice legislation is the one regarding admissions (Wisconsin Statutes [section] 119.23 (3)(a) (2004)): "The state superintendent shall ensure that the private school determines which pupils to accept on a random basis" [emphasis, present authors'].
Some families that gave up scholarships kept their children in public schools or non-participating private schools, according to WSF.
Their opponents argue that to date, studies have not found much evidence that existing voucher programs have yielded improved achievement; that, unlike the public education system, private schools aren't required to test all their students, as public schools now are, and hence aren't accountable for results; and that whatever extra money is available ought to go first to improve existing public schools.
State law allows three options for kids to abandon public schools: enrollment in a private school, which requires filing paperwork known as an R-4 affidavit; participation in an independent study program through a public or private school; or tutoring.

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