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ERIC Number: ED498039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Fueling Educational Entrepreneurship: Addressing the Human Capital Challenge. PEPG/07-06
Hess, Frederick M.; Hassel, Bryan C.
Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University
Over the last two decades, there has been a surge in public policies seeking to give low-income families more choice about where to send their children to school. These changes in policy have both reflected and accommodated an influx of new educational providers, including school operators, technology firms, back-office service providers, tutors, and recruiting and hiring organizations. What has become clear in these cases and elsewhere, however, is that the quantity of new entrants has not always been matched by quality. While educational entrepreneurship may hold much promise, there are serious challenges and barriers standing in the way of tapping its full potential. These challenges are multifaceted, ranging from a host of obstructive policies toward entrepreneurial activity, to the lack of a well-developed financial capital market for educational entrepreneurship. One crucial barrier is the apparent dearth of talented entrepreneurial individuals willing to enter K-12 education in the first place, or to stay involved past an initial foray, say, as a teacher. The key points of this discussion are organized into three sections. The first frames the issues. The second delves into the challenges that inhibit the entry of more entrepreneurial talent into the sector. The third probes potential strategies and tactics for fueling that pipeline--some currently underway, some easily implemented, and some worth considering for the future. (Contains 1 note.) [This report was published by the Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University.]
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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