Public education — for a profit

In Private Enterprise and Public Education, edited by Frederick M. Hess and Michael B. Horn, education leaders discuss the strengths and weaknesses of for-profit education.

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For-profit education providers can “move more nimbly, readily attract capital and talent, and scale more rapidly” than non-profit providers, participants write. But “for-profits may also be less rooted in community institutions, less stable, and more willing to cut services or personnel.”

”No subject in education reform is more polarizing than the role of for-profit enterprises,” says John Chubb, interim CEO of Education Sector. “Business has important roles to play, but specifying them takes the kind of nuanced thinking that ideologues hate.”

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