Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America's Schools
Combining decades of experience in education, the authors show how contracting would radically change the way we operate our schools while keeping ... Show synopsis Combining decades of experience in education, the authors show how contracting would radically change the way we operate our schools while keeping them public and accessible to all and making them better able to meet standards of achievement and equity. Using public funds, local school boards would select private providers to operate individual schools under formal contracts specifying the type and quality of instruction. In a hands-on fashion, the authors provide a thorough explanation of the pros and cons of school contracting and how it would work in practice. They show how contracting would free local school boards from operating schools so they could focus on improving educational policy; how it would allow parents to choose the best school for their children; and, finally, how it would ensure that schools are held accountable and academic standards are met. While retaining a strong public role in education, contracting enables schools to be more imaginative, adaptable, and suited to the needs of children and families. In presenting an alternative vision for America's school, this book cannot be ignored.