Public Funds and Nonpublic Schools

Public Funds and Nonpublic Schools.

Step One

Read Chapter 10 Public Funds and Nonpublic Schools, pp. 240-254, in your text to answer the following…

Church and State

  • How did the First Amendment make funding of private and public schools a non-issue for nearly a century (p. 240)?
  • How did Pierce v. Society of Sisters open the door for using public funds for church-related schools (p. 241)?
  • List arguments for the use of public funds for non-public schools (p. 241).
  • List arguments against the use of public funds for non-public schools (p. 241).
  • Summarize the findings from the following court cases:
    • Cochran v. Louisiana State Board of Education (p. 242)
    • Everson v. Board of Education (p. 242)
    • Lemon v. Kurtzman, including the Lemon – Three Prong – Test (p. 243)

Educational Choice

  • Identify nine examples of school choice (p. 248).
  • Define charter school (p. 249).
  • Identify eleven features shared by charter schools (pp. 249-250).
  • Define school voucher (p. 251).
  • Summarize the following court case and its implications: Louisiana Federation of Teachers et al. v. State of Louisiana et al (p. 254).

Step Two

Access the information about Louisiana’s charter schools and Louisiana Scholarship Program (vouchers) here.

  • Identify 2-3 things about Louisiana’s charter schools that you may not have previously known or just find interesting, especially in the context of education finance.
  • Identify 2-3 things about Louisiana’s Scholarship Program that you may not have previously known or just find interesting, especially in the context of education finance.
  • Briefly discuss your position in regard to the use of public funds for at least one of the following: parochial schools, charter schools, or vouchers.  Justify your position while referencing at least one example of your learning from Step One.

Step Three

Using a reputable database, find and post in Moodle an article about one of the aforementioned topics:

  • Church and State Relations
  • Educational Choice
    • Charter Schools
    • Voucher System

Provide a summary of the article you have chosen.

Ask one intriguing/interesting/thought-provoking question that comes to mind.

Public Funds and Nonpublic Schools

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