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Despite more than 15 years of effort, it is widely acknowledged that internal reform of the public schools has produced little if any success. This has led to renewed interest in alternative forms of educational delivery to devolve decision-making through charter schools, public and private voucher plans, contracting out educational services, and home schooling. However, such reforms have largely been resisted by public school interest groups, including teacher unions, state departments of education, colleges of education, and school board and administrator organizations that have fought any but the most benign changes.

Less attention has been given to another option that has been quietly growing in importance: private, for-profit schools. Firms in the private sector are typically more productive and responsive to consumer demands than their public sector counterparts. Historically, for-profit schools have had a good track record and they are increasingly common today. In Can Teachers Own Their Own Schools?, Richard Vedder examines the economics, history, and politics of education and argues that public schools should be privatized. Privatized public schools would benefit from competition, market discipline, and the incentives essential to produce cost-effective, educational quality, and attract the additional funding and expertise needed to revolutionize school systems.

Drawing inspiration from Margaret Thatcher's privatization of government council housing in England, privatization reforms in Latin America, and the E.S.O.P. (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) movement in the United States, Vedder presents a bold plan in which teachers, administrators and others involved in the educational process would become the owners of schools, acquiring an attractive financial stake in the process. Such privatization reforms could empower those directly involved and affected by school performance and end interest group barriers, paving the way for new, cost-effective means of improving educational outcomes. As a result, schools in which teachers, administrators, and parents have a significant financial stake would foster vibrant school communities with increased parental involvement and the innovation and efficiency essential to produce educational excellence.

Review:

"Nobody yet has found a foolproof formula for revitalizing American K-12 education. So let?s be honest and humble enough...to try a lot of tantalizing approaches. In that spirit, I commend Vedder's pioneering ideas for your consideration." Chester E. Finn, Jr., former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Review:

"Vedder suggests for-profit schools owned and operated by teachers and administrators would offer a promising alternative to the present public school system." School Reform News

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This book explores the prospects for creating Employee Stock Ownership Planse for public schools.

Description:

Co-sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Includes bibliographical references (p. 51-56).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780945999836
Foreword:
Finn, Chester E., JR.
Publisher:
Independent Institute
Foreword by:
Finn, Chester E., JR.
Foreword:
Finn, Chester E., JR.
Author:
Finn, Jr., Chester E.
Author:
Vedder, Richard K.
Author:
Chester E. Finn
Location:
Oakland, California
Subject:
General
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
School management and organization
Subject:
Educational innovations
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Employee ownership
Subject:
Educational Policy
Subject:
Teacher participation in administration
Subject:
Privatization in education.
Subject:
Educational Policy & Reform
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - General
Subject:
Educational Reform
Subject:
Educational innovations -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
IMS-14
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.22 in 0.3 lb

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"Review" by , "Nobody yet has found a foolproof formula for revitalizing American K-12 education. So let?s be honest and humble enough...to try a lot of tantalizing approaches. In that spirit, I commend Vedder's pioneering ideas for your consideration."
"Review" by , "Vedder suggests for-profit schools owned and operated by teachers and administrators would offer a promising alternative to the present public school system."
"Synopsis" by , This book explores the prospects for creating Employee Stock Ownership Planse for public schools.
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