Released July 2009. State liaisons from all 50 state departments of education, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, worked to ensure the information provided concerning state regulations for private schools is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Keep in mind that, when reviewing any particular legal questions, the underlying state constitutions, laws and relevant court decisions should be consulted. Nothing in this study reflects the position of the U.S. Department of Education as to the meaning or effect of any state legal requirement. (This is a large file and may require some time to download.)
Released in May 2009. This study, published by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, presents data from a major national survey of teachers conducted by the U.S. Department of Education—the Schools & Staffing Survey. The researchers break down these observational data for public and private school teachers, in order to compare what teachers have to say about their work in each of the two school sectors. They show that public school teachers are currently working in a school system that doesn’t provide the best environment for teaching. Teachers are victims of the dysfunctional government school system right alongside their students. Exposing schools to competition, as is the case in the private school sector, is good for learning partly because it’s good for teaching.
If your school is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution, you must be aware of the tax laws that provide your school’s tax-exempt status. This document, IRS Publication 557, was revised and published in June 2008, and contains all the pertinent information concerning application, approval, and appeal procedures; filing requirements and required disclosures; the rules about unrelated business income tax (UBIT); and the means of finding legal advice if required.
Released April 1983.This is the landmark document that redefined educational reform in the ‘80s, and still informs school reform today. Developed by the National Commission on Excellence in Education for the U.S. Department of Education. The findings were a “wakeup call” for both public and private school educators across the nation.
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