ERIC Number: ED483354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Reference Count: 16
Profiles of For-Profit Education Management Companies: Sixth Annual Report. 2003-2004.
Molnar, Alex; Wilson, Glen; Allen, Daniel
Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Arizona State University College of Education
The for-profit management of public schools by for-profit corporations continues to be a controversial innovation. Proponents argue for-profit schools will result in educational improvement by harnessing the profit seeking motive of the marketplace. Competition, they maintain, forces companies to earn their profits by reducing administrative inefficiency, hiring and retaining effective administrators and teachers, introducing and refining educational innovations, and thus producing gains in student achievement superior to those of regular public schools. While private sector companies have always transacted business with, and profited from selling supplies and equipment to schools, the idea of managing and administering K-12 publicly funded schools with the intent of making profits is relatively new. Seeing the similarities with health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that manage the health care process, Wall Street has used the term ?EMO? or ?education management organization,? to describe for-profit companies involved in the management and administration of public schools.
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Educational Improvement, Governance, Private Sector, Privatization, School Business Relationship, Business, Public Schools, Corporations, Academic Achievement
Education Policy Studies Laboratory, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 872411, Tempe, AZ 85287-2411. Tel: 480-965-1886; Fax: 480-965-0303; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Education Policy Studies Lab.