Risky Business: Private Management of Public Schoolsreviewed by Margaret E. Goertz - 1997
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.) Title:
Risky Business: Private Management of Public SchoolsAuthor(s):
Craig E Richards, Rima Shore & Max B. SawickyPublisher:
Economic Policy Institute, WashingtonISBN:
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- Margaret Goertz
University of Pennsylvania
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.