public school


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.
Recent Examples on the Web All 11 of the county's public school districts had planned start dates ahead of that, leaving districts to decide between a virtual start or pushing back their academic calendar. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "'Can't sacrifice lives': Indianapolis-area schools start virtually with joy, hiccups," 31 July 2020 Most of that, about $154.9 million, will go to traditional public school districts. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin schools to see more than $200 million in COVID-19 relief fund," 11 July 2020 On Tuesday, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath announced that Texas public school districts must reopen for in-person instruction in August in order to continue receiving state funding. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "'It's so scary': Houston, Texas teachers voice concerns about reopening schools this fall," 10 July 2020 The Quiet Rooms investigation, published by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois, found that in 100 public school districts, children were physically restrained more than 15,000 times between August 2017 and December 2018. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, "“I Can’t Breathe.” It Happens at Schools, Too.," 10 July 2020 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said later Wednesday at a press conference that the state's 700 public school districts will submit individual reopening plans by the end of July. CBS News, "New York City schools will reopen this fall with "blended learning" model, mayor says," 8 July 2020 Jermaine has already been an active history teacher to their two children, who only learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and a few other prominent figures in Black history through their public school education. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville man's podcast on 'untold and forgotten' Black history gains national attention," 29 June 2020 The action carries on with live music, demonstrations of traditional arts, crafts, and trades, and an inspiring student art show featuring more than 2,000 works by local public school students. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, "10 Best Beach Festivals on Florida's Gulf Coast," 12 July 2020 Wednesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, announced his plan for reopening classrooms to the city’s more than 1 million public school students. Anchorage Daily News, "With coronavirus science still iffy, US schools hope to reopen for 56.6 million K-12 students," 10 July 2020

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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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4 Aug 2020

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“Public school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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