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ERIC Number: ED481240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
The Public-Private Nexus in Education. Occasional Paper.
Levin, Henry M.
Although explicit public-private partnerships are rare in education, there is a close connection between the public and private goals of education. Education inherently serves both public and private interests. Unfortunately, educational policy may find itself in conflict while simultaneously serving both public and private mandates. This article reviews that challenge and presents a variety of ways on which public and private sectors collaborate educationally. It reviews a range of linkages between the public and private sectors in elementary and secondary education. The article begins by reviewing the peculiar nature of education in producing what is both a public and private good. This suggests that public and private collaboration should be central to education. It follows with several existing interventions that link the public and private sectors and points out the necessity of public-private collaboration while also stressing the continuing sources of tension between the two sectors when it comes to education. Finally, it presents a venture to link public and private sectors in education by providing publicly financed vouchers that could be used for private schools. (Author/WFA)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.
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