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A comparative study of Los Angeles public and catholic school systems

This project demonstrates that a Catholic school is operated more efficiently and effectively than a public school. An in-depth, two-year comparison was done to support this finding while working as a teacher in each setting. This is a comparative study of the Catholic and public school systems of metropolitan Los Angeles. It is a thesis in partial fulfillment of requirement for the Master of Public Administration program at CSUN. The study touches upon certain overall comparisons of the two huge school systems, but particular comparisons are made of Immaculate Heart of Mary School (1.H.M.) and Toluca Lake Elementary School. The project focuses on three particular areas: organizational culture; size of the student body; and nature of the student body. Specific comparisons are made in the area of budgets, bureaucracy, operations, motivation, human resources, ethics, family participation, neighborhood specs, classroom specs and school system size. The information in this project was gathered by a few methods. I used personal interviews and research to collect information. I reviewed existing data related to the subject, and a large portion of the information was based on my experience working in both settings. In my recommendations and conclusions, I answer the question, "Do Catholic Schools do more with less?" Data concerning Toluca Lake and Immaculate Heart is included to support my findings.

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