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Definition of public school

1 : an endowed secondary boarding school in Great Britain offering a classical curriculum and preparation for the universities or public service
2 : a free tax-supported school controlled by a local governmental authority

Examples of public school in a Sentence

Both of their sons attend public school.

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Seven years later, the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education officially struck down racial segregation in all public schools as unconstitutional. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Sylvia Mendez Helped Integrate California Schools for Latinx Students in the 1940s, But She Says the U.S. Is More Segregated Now," 3 Dec. 2018 United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing 33,000 public school teachers, has turned the strike into more than a protest for higher pay and additional school librarians and nurses. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "The Power Struggle Behind the Los Angeles Teachers Strike," 21 Jan. 2019 Caroline Varner, a fellow public school teacher in Teachers 4 Social Justice, completed the rookie trifecta as the campaign treasurer. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 Grechen Shirley had no childcare until 3:30 p.m., when her mom, a public school teacher, came home from work—and campaigning by afternoon and night. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Can Anyone Unseat Long Island’s 26-Year Incumbent House Rep. Peter King? Liuba Grechen Shirley Thinks She’s Just the Mom for the Job," 1 Nov. 2018 The statewide teachers union, in a challenge filed last week, argued the new law violates Florida’s constitution and unfairly targets public school teachers. Leslie Postal,, "New teachers union rules spark debate — and more dues-paying members," 12 July 2018 His mother, Martha, was a public school teacher in the 1960s and 1970s in Washington D.C. NBC News, "Who is Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh?," 10 July 2018 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the salary for the average public school teacher in Florida in 2016-2017 was around $49,000, nearly $10,000 below the the national average. Adam Wollner, miamiherald, "Florida Influencers: Teacher pay ranks as top education issue of 2018," 2 July 2018 Along with a decline in membership, wages of state and local government employees would see a drop on average of 3.6 percent, while salaries of public school teachers would drop an average of 5.4 percent, according to their study. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Experts see potential for weaker unions as result of high court ruling," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of public school

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of public school was in 1548

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English Language Learners Definition of public school

US : a school that gets money from and is controlled by a local government
British : a private school that prepares students for college or for public service

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Kids Definition of public school

: a free school paid for by taxes and run by a local government

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