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ERIC Number: ED508319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Fifty Educational Markets: A Playbook of State Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools. School Choice Issues in Depth
Hammons, Christopher
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
There is a widespread misperception that private schools avoid government oversight or are "unregulated." In fact, private schools are subject to a wide variety of laws and regulations that run the gamut from reasonable rules to ensure health and safety to unreasonable rules that interfere with school curricula, preventing schools from pursuing the educational approaches that work best for their students. Partly because the public is largely unaware of this body of regulations, it is not often subject to public scrutiny, and thus there is less incentive to reform unreasonable laws and regulations. This report analyzes the laws and regulations that govern private schools in all 50 states. It documents the extent to which private schools are regulated. A full list of the laws and regulations governing private schools in each state is available on the website of the Friedman Foundation. The degree of regulation varies considerably from state to state. This report also evaluates the laws and regulations in each state to measure the extent to which they allow a true educational marketplace to flourish. (Contains 10 endnotes, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Available from: Foundation for Educational Choice. One American Square Suite 2420, Indianapolis, IN 46282. Tel: 317-681-0745; Fax: 317-681-0945; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice