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Rajashri Chakrabarti and Paul E. Peterson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033763

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033763.001.0001

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Public and Private Schooling Initiatives in England

Public and Private Schooling Initiatives in England

(p.219) 10 Public and Private Schooling Initiatives in England
School Choice International

Stephen Machin

Joan Wilson

The MIT Press

This chapter seeks to address the question of why little research has been devoted to public–private initiatives in the field of economics of education. First, a general background is offered, looking at the private provision of schooling and how it has adapted over time; and second, a high-profile attempt is made to bring some aspects of private sector ethos to pupils in the state sector. Recently, there have been serious attempts to bring significant private sector involvement to the state sector in English education. There are several reasons explaining why this has become a popular endeavor, and they are discussed here. The chapter is divided into two main parts: The first looks at a particularly high-profile private finance initiative that has been introduced to the English state school sector recently, the city academies program; the second part offers some conclusions.

Keywords:   public–private initiatives, economics of education, private sector ethos, state sector, city academies program

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