Free school

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A school to which pupils are admitted without discrimination and on an equal footing.
- Simmonds.
A school supported by general taxation, by endowmants, etc., where pupils pay nothing for tuition; a public school.

See also: Free, Free

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Riley had received a tincture of the classics at the great Mudport Free School, and had a sense of understanding Latin generally, his comprehension of any particular Latin was not ready.
"Now that the Commune had some revenues of its own, no opposition was raised in any quarter when they were spent on building a town-hall, with a free school for elementary education in the building and accommodation for a teacher.
My father, who was very ancient, had given me a competent share of learning, as far as house-education and a country free school generally go, and designed me for the law; but I would be satisfied with nothing but going to sea; and my inclination to this led me so strongly against the will, nay, the commands of my father, and against all the entreaties and persuasions of my mother and other friends, that there seemed to be something fatal in that propensity of nature, tending directly to the life of misery which was to befall me.
After going round the town, the procession repaired to a certain appointed place, where, as the printed programme set forth, it would be received by the children of the different free schools,
Cincinnati is honourably famous for its free schools, of which it has so many that no person's child among its population can, by possibility, want the means of education, which are extended, upon an average, to four thousand pupils, annually.
As yet no free schools had been started for coloured people in that section, hence each family agreed to pay a certain amount per month, with the understanding that the teacher was to "board 'round"--that is, spend a day with each family.
Now one of the free school programme's sponsors has blasted the way they are run.
In Hammersmith, the West London Free School aspires to be a 'grammar school for all' with a comprehensive intake.
CARDIFF council is encouraging qualifying families to ensure they don't miss out on their entitlement to free school meals.
Targeted streamed sessions in the afternoon will focus on the practicalities of establishing or converting to Free School status and the role of local authorities in facilitating and managing growing numbers of Free Schools in the local area.
He has faced criticism after some free schools slated to open this week failed over the summer, including the One in a Million free school in Bradford, which abandoned its plans for 2012 last week.
According to a report from the Children's Society, the Universal Credit system that is to be introduced in October 2013 to merge low-income benefits means that 350,000 children will lose their free school meals.