ERIC Number: ED472255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Education Management Organizations and the Privatization of Public Education: A Cross-National Comparison of the USA and the UK. Occasional Paper.
Fitz, John; Beers, Bryan
This paper compares the development since the 1980s of privatization of education services in the U.S. and U.K. In both countries, education management organizations (EMOs) have become institutionalized to some degree, with policy-borrowing between the two countries and common ideological predisposition toward market solutions. Despite this history, privatization remains small-scale and not especially lucrative to those entering the market. In the U.K., the emphasis has been on compulsory competitive tendering and the Private Finance Initiative: public-sector structures to aid privatization within a governmental system. The result is a privatization at "glacial speed," with few opportunities for EMOs. In the U.S., it is the creation of capital markets and the rollout of charter schooling that have sustained privatization. The activities of companies such as Edison and TesseracT are considered. Capital market growth and charter schooling represent much more general alternatives to public provision. (Contains 59 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom