ERIC Number: ED258335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
Let the Marketplace Decide the Viability of Independent Schools. Part of a Symposium on Government Financing for Private Schools: Pros and Cons.
Engelhardt, David F.
Questioning the desirability of whether private schools should receive federal or state aid, the paper outlines how such aid can cause entanglement problems for private schools. In accepting governmental aid, private schools can lose their autonomy, including (1) the ability to select and dismiss students with autonomy, (2) the ability to advocate a set of moral beliefs, (3) operation under contractual law rather than constitutional law with employees, and (4) independence in operation and ideology. Six other areas of concern connected with possible problems in public funding of private schools are listed. The funding of nonpublic schools through traditional means such as nondeductible tuitions, tax deductible donations, limited categorical aid, competitive grants, textbook loans, and child care deductions is advocated. Letting the marketplace forces operate on private schools exerts pressure on the less fit schools to either improve or cease to exist. Governmental aid would encroach upon the reasons nonpublic schools exist and have thrived. A 25-item bibliography is provided with the report. (MD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).