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ERIC Number: ED458675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Assessing For Profit Schools.
Ediger, Marlow
For-profit schools are serviced by commercial companies whose primary goal is to raise student achievement to a designated level within a period specified by contract. Different school systems are discussed along with their positive and negative points. Questions related to possible issues are presented in each case for consideration. Reasons for using commercial companies in the educational arena are that they advocate providing a good education with less costly operations, they emphasize the free-enterprise system of economics where parents can choose their children's schools from among alternatives, they stress the importance of freedom to choose as is true in a democracy, they believe freedom of choice should be applied to the school-attendance arena, and they accept the idea that the economic and educational arenas have much in common, which is to optimize profit in business and in academic achievement of students. Disadvantages in using for-profit schools are that they emphasize the profit motive, they tend to cut down on teachers and support personnel to minimize overhead costs, and they pinpoint "failing schools" as a place of intervention. Questions are presented for consideration about the economic motives in teaching for profit purposes. (RT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A