An International Perspective on Publicly-Financed, Privately-Operated Schools

Authored by: DOMINIC J. BREWER , GUILBERT C. HENTSCHKE

Handbook of Research on School Choice

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  May  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805862232
eBook ISBN: 9780203881781
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203881781-13

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Abstract

Increasingly, numerous countries are utilizing publicly-financed but privately-operated primary and secondary schools (e.g., charter schools, independent schools, foundation schools) as vehicles for school reform. These schools typically break the government monopoly over providing educational services to children in the geographic vicinity of a school. They expand the (often limited) supply of school seats, draw non-government human and financial resources into compulsory education, and employ forms of organization fundamentally different from traditional public schools. This chapter discusses the various rationales cited for the publicly-financed/privately-operated school model, outlines its main components, and provides examples of similarities and differences across approaches in several countries. It also systematically explores the issues associated with establishing and maintaining these kinds of schools, in particular those associated with financing and regulation. The chapter concludes with some speculation about the future of such schools.

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