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.

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Whites remain the largest racial group in public schools, but are no longer the majority., "Segregation has soared in America’s schools as federal leaders largely looked away," 8 July 2019 But just because there has been a drawing out of the resources in public schools. Anchorage Daily News, "Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists," 6 July 2019 Just last week, New Jersey introduced a proposal to ban hair discrimination in the workplace, housing, and in public schools. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "Black Hair Has Always Been 'Professional'—Now the Law May Finally Recognize It," 3 July 2019 For generations, the old declaration was taught in public schools, but the ideas about liberty and where our rights come from were quite challenging. John Kass,, "Column: On the Fourth of July, gathering to celebrate the Declaration of Dependence," 2 July 2019 Alabama has seen an increase in the number of inappropriate student-teacher interactions in public schools in recent years, and now state officials are doing something about it., "Teacher training videos: hands off of students," 1 July 2019 Under a law passed last year, jurisdictions across Maryland are required to test for lead in public schools. Jess Nocera,, "Lead found in water at 32 Howard schools during first year of state testing," 1 July 2019 Sanders, along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a fellow 2020 presidential candidate, co-sponsored the Strength in Diversity Act, which would provide $120 million to bolster local integration efforts in public schools, including busing. NBC News, "Busing becomes focal point of Democratic primary after Biden-Harris debate exchange," 30 June 2019 This week, New Jersey introduced a proposal to do the same in the workplace, housing, and in public schools. Sarah Midkiff,, "California To Become First State To Ban Discrimination Based On Natural Hair," 30 June 2019

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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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