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ERIC Number: ED407741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
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The Private Management of Public Schools: Lessons Learned from the Experience of Four School Districts.
Doughty, Sherri
As school districts increasingly encounter financial constraints and public demands for improved performance, some turn to private management. This paper summarizes the outcomes of private management in four school districts across the United States. Each case was unique. In Dade County (Florida), Education Alternatives, Inc. (EAI), was responsible only for the implementation of a new instructional program in one school; in Hartford (Connecticut) and Baltimore (Maryland), EAI had much broader management authority over a larger number of schools; and in Minneapolis (Minnesota), the president of Public Strategies Group managed the superintendency but not individual schools. The paper discusses common themes of the case studies and lessons learned from them. First, because of intense controversy surrounding private management, successful implementation requires a strong coalition of community support. Second, both parties need to clearly specify their expectations of each other in the contract. And finally, both parties should reach an agreement about how evaluation will be accomplished and how success will be defined. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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