ERIC Number: ED392865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Private Options for Public Schools: Ways Public Schools Are Exploring Privatization. NSBA Best Practices Series.
National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.
Contracting with the private sector is not new to public schools, but what is new is the scope of the services and programs offered by businesses and used by schools. This publication presents responses to a survey completed by 354 school districts belonging to the National School Boards Association (NSBA) about privatizing a wide array of school services. Section 1 discusses the use of private sector services by local school boards as an option for meeting the challenge of improving education. Section 2 includes brief descriptions of innovative ways in which school districts are using the services of the private sector for management services or instructional programs, as well as discussions of the experiences of districts that have considered and rejected privatization programs or services. Section 3 includes basic information about the districts that responded to the NSBA survey. Sixty-two percent of responding school districts have considered privatizing overall district operations or special areas of school management or instruction. In general, school management functions are more likely to be contracted out than instructional programs, with special education, at 14%, the most likely to be contracted out. (Contains eight figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Contracts, Educational Economics, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Private Sector, Privatization, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Public Schools, School Business Relationship, School Districts, Special Education, Surveys
National School Boards Association, 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Publication Type: Books; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.