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Understanding What’s Fueling School Privatization

A new piece in the Washington Post provides a comprehensive look at the history of the movement to privatize U.S. public schools.

The conclusion of the piece notes that entrepreneurs were quick to see school privatization as a way “to tap into vast public resources” but that privatization isn’t living up to the claims of free-market boosters. On the whole, for-profit schools have shown “disappointing academic results, endemic corruption, and growing segregation…”

For-profit schools still have some true believers, even in Congress, which went so far as to ban the evaluation of Washington, D.C.’s voucher program. However, public confidence in those schools is waning.

“Given the overall record of charter schools, support in the general public and among minorities has been slipping. According to the most recent survey conducted by the pro-reform journal Education Next, support among all respondents dropped from 51 percent to 39 percent from 2016 to 2017.

“It turns out that when Americans know that market-based reforms drain funds from public schools, most oppose the policies. The success of the ed reform movement so far has depended on their not knowing.”

Read “What and who is fueling the movement to privatize public education—and why you should care?” in the Washington Post.

June 4, 2018