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

The demographics of traditional public school districts in Texas create odds that favor such a pattern. Krista Torralva,, "Harlandale ISD lawyer sees voting rights as defense against TEA," 13 Sep. 2019 Until 2017 the public school district was under emergency management by the state on and off for nearly 20 years. NBC News, "Detroit may be going through a revival, but how does this impact education?," 6 Sep. 2019 Leaders in the Anaheim, Sacramento and San Francisco public school districts have also opposed the proposal. Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, "CSU may up their college admissions requirements. But will that hurt low-income students?," 6 Sep. 2019 Now, Toby spends his time organizing protests challenging Mr. de Blasio’s handling of the city’s segregated public school district. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Lock-Ins and Walkouts: The Students Changing City Schools From the Inside," 5 Sep. 2019 On Friday, both the courts and the public school district will be back in session, officials said. Gabrielle Russon,, "Hurricane Dorian: Volusia County gets back to normal," 4 Sep. 2019 Among other school supplies, teachers in one Colorado public school district were recently given buckets and kitty litter so students are able to use the bathroom in the event of a lockdown, the district confirmed to TIME. Josiah Bates, Time, "Colorado School District Providing Kitty Litter Buckets for Kids to Use the Bathroom During Lockdowns," 23 Aug. 2019 Their rating is based on analysis of factors including graduation rates, SAT or ACT scores, public school district ratings and other statistics. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Gregorski responds to TEA ‘A’ rating for Katy ISD," 19 Aug. 2019 The items to be restored are $6.8 million in Head Start grants, $1.2 million in Early Childhood grants for public school districts, $474,000 to Parents as Teachers grants and $320,000 in Best Beginning grants. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Dunleavy says he will reverse his vetoes on early education cuts," 14 Aug. 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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