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Benefits and Costs of For-Profit Public Education

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Author(s): Alex Molnar

Journal: Education Policy Analysis Archives
ISSN 1068-2341

Volume: 9;
Start page: 15;
Date: 2001;
Original page

ABSTRACT
As a policy initiative, for-profit operation of public schools has not lived up to the claims of its proponents. An examination of issues such as teaching methods, academic achievement, autonomy, local control, and the image and influence of for-profit public schools suggests that "for-profits" are unlikely to succeed in the long term in improving the overall quality of public education. They do, however, seem capable of harming public schools.