ERIC Number: ED159100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Role and Significance of Nonpublic Education in New York State. Occasional Paper No. 25.
Ford, Elinor R.
The nonpublic schools of New York State spare the taxpayers the cost of educating, at public school rates, 15.5% of the state's elementary and secondary school population. The future looks good for these schools in that enrollment trend data indicates a stable enrollment with some possible increases. However, a stabilized enrollment means increasing numbers of state parents agitated about being financially penalized for exercising their free choice in education. The number of groups organized to promote nonpublic education is growing and pressing to change this country's status as the only major free world nation that does not subsidize parental educational choice. Nonpublic schools provide quality education and preserve diversity of educational opportunity. These schools enable the varied heritages and ethnic values of a pluralistic citizenry to be maintained. The "whole" student is developed, morally and spiritually as well as physically and mentally. These schools have been successful in the inner cities and ghettos, and have helped stem urban flight. Nonpublic schools contribute to the education of the handicapped, but are handicapped themselves by the lack of funds needed for special but expensive services. While desire for nonpublic education is increasing and these schools contribute to the well-being of the public, their future is endangered by the lack of financial support from the public. (Author/BC)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Federal Aid, Moral Development, Organizations (Groups), Parochial Schools, Private School Aid, Private Schools, School Role, School Taxes, Shared Services, State Aid
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Identifiers: New York