Brighton public, private schools agree to shared electives

BRIGHTON — Brighton Area Schools educators will teach music, foreign language and other elective courses in area private schools beginning this fall, a shared services arrangement that school officials called a win-win, the BrightonPatch reported.

Two Catholic schools, one Christian school and a Montessori school will participate, according to the Patch. Brighton Area Schools benefits because the private school children can be counted as part-time public school students, which increases the district’s per-pupil funding from the state, the Patch reported.

Private school officials said the arrangement allows them to offer more specialty courses without hiring added staff, according to the Patch. They also pointed out that the arrangement gives the private school parents a return on the tax dollars they pay to support public schools.

Jack Pelon, owner of School Financial Solutions, is coordinating the partnership, according to the Patch.


BrightonPatch, “Brighton area schools to share teachers with local private schools,” July 7, 2011


Michigan Education Report, “Private schools cope with weak economy,” May 26, 2010