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School Choice InternationalExploring Public-Private Partnerships$
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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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Education Contracting: Scope of Future Research

Education Contracting: Scope of Future Research

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School Choice International

Harry A. Patrinos

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses school choice as a means of increasing competition in the school system. It argues that competition in the system will inevitably lead to efficiency gains as public and private schools compete for students and try to improve quality while reducing costs. Some question this jump to efficiency gains, however, and others claim that choice can only lead to privatization, less public control of education, and increased segregation. In many countries, government efforts to expand schooling have not reached all members of society. Often, there are other providers, both for-profit and not-for-profit. Extending financing to these providers would allow governments to give parents the opportunity to participate more fully in their child’s education by choosing the school that is right for them. There are many ways in which to incorporate choice in school systems, but the emphasis in this chapter is on the forms of contracting for service delivery.

Keywords:   school choice, competition, efficiency gains, privatization, public control of education, segregation, contracting, service delivery

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