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Risky Business: Private Management of Public Schools

reviewed by Margaret E. Goertz - 1997

coverTitle: Risky Business: Private Management of Public Schools
Author(s): Craig E Richards, Rima Shore & Max B. Sawicky
Publisher: Economic Policy Institute, Washington
ISBN: , Pages: 237, Year: 1995
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In spite of over twenty years of experimentation with private contracting in education, we know little about its impact on educational outcomes, the quality of educational programs, or the cost-effectiveness of these services. As Craig E. Richards, Rima Shore, and Max B. Sawicky point out in their book Risky Business: Private Management of Public Schools, this lack of knowledge has not deterred the privatization movement. "Rarely in the history of education have so many been willing to stake so much on the basis of so little evidence" (p. 16). In Risky Business, Richards, Shore, and Sawicky use the experiences of the early performance contractors and, more recently, of Education Alternatives Inc. (EAI) to identify and test the economic, political, and financial assumptions underlying the current contracting movement, and to provide advice and caution to school districts considering private contracting. Each author has written one chapter of the book, focusing on different aspects of business management of the schools. Shore provides a historical context for the current contracting... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 4, 1997, p. 751-753
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9637, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 2:42:25 AM

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  • Margaret Goertz
    University of Pennsylvania
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    Margaret Goertz is professor and co-director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the coauthor of From Cashbox to Classroom: School Finance Reform in New Jersey.
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