Private Summer Schools Stir Controversy In California


The Los Angeles Times (7/12, Ceasar) reports the popularity of high school summer courses run by nonprofit associations in “affluent areas” has prompted a debate on education inequality. Nonprofits lease facilities from high schools and charge hundreds of dollars per course for students to take classes that will make them more attractive on college applications. The organizations who run the classes “sidestep state law” by remaining independent of the school districts in which they teach. Critics argue that the courses “private public school, undercut California’s guarantee of a free public education for all and contribute to an already wide inequity in educational opportunity.”