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ERIC Number: EJ906028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
After the Fall: Educational Contracting in the USA and the Global Financial Crisis
Burch, Patricia
Journal of Education Policy, v25 n6 p757-766 Nov 2010
Key legislative objectives for the US Federal educational policy over the past several decades relied heavily on quasi-market strategies (such as school rating, school closure, the contracting out of schools) as central levers in "reforming" public schools. Using financial data on 11 national for-profit firms contracting with schools and districts, I argue that for-profit firms continue to benefit from significant public revenues made available through policies that seek to align public education with market place values. This trend precedes and continues in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2007. Even as public school districts across the USA struggle to pay for core instructional services (reasonable pupil-teacher ratios), for-profit firms display increased sales in the absence of any evidence of cost savings or improved student achievement--the main objective of the current Federal education policy. These developments press for closer scrutiny of activities of these firms and a more assertive Federal role in evaluating the performance of these firms, many of which rely on public funds to support their operations. (Contains 1 table and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Goals 2000; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994; No Child Left Behind Act 2001