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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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The Concession Schools of Bogotá, Colombia

The Concession Schools of Bogotá, Colombia

(p.193) 9 The Concession Schools of Bogotá, Colombia
School Choice International

Felipe Barrera-Osorio

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on an educational program launched in Bogota, Colombia designed to broaden the coverage and quality of basic education. It is a partnership between the public and private education sectors, with private schools providing public education in twenty-five schools for a period of fifteen years. The main goal is to establish concession schools that will work with the communities in which they operate. The chapter presents three main hypotheses generated by qualitative evidence compiled during the visits to the concession schools and the public debate in the council. First, dropout rates are lower in concession schools than in similar public schools. Second, regular public schools near the concession schools have lower dropout rates than public schools outside the influence of concessions. Finally, concession school test scores are at least equal to or higher than test scores for regular public schools.

Keywords:   educational program, Bogota, Colombia, basic education, concession schools, qualitative evidence

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