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T‌he ‌National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education provides nonpartisan documentation and analysis of privatization in education. We conduct research, host conferences, and post working papers. Our topics range from preschool to tertiary education, both at home and abroad.

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Privatization, Choice, and Online Marketing

In “Perceptions of Prestige: A Comparative Analysis of School Online Media Marketing,” Sarah Butler Jessen and Catherine DiMartino provide a detailed assessment of the marketing tools increasingly employed by CMOs to win over philanthropists and politicians as well as parents. 


The Impact of Charter Schools on District School Budgets

In “The Effect of Charter Competition on Unionized District Revenues and Resource Allocation,” Jason B. Cook finds that charter competition has driven down local funding by depressing valuations of residential property and has led school districts to redirect revenue from instructional expenditures (in particular, teacher salaries) to facility improvements. Cook complements these two important findings with thorough explanations.



The State of For-Profit Law Schools

 In “Proprietary Law Schools and the Marketization of Access to Justice,” Riaz Tejani explores the evolution of a for-profit institution pseudonymously titled New Delta School of Law. Tejani, a professor of legal studies at the University of Illinois, finds that New Delta weds a strategy of emancipatory marketing with a bottom-line concentration on profits:  New Delta, on the one hand, aggressively markets itself to low-income students as a path to prosperity and recognition and, on the other, generates outsized returns for its private equity investors. To win respect as well as accreditation, Tejani writes, New Delta appointed former executives of the American Bar Association to its board; to keep students from transferring to more reputable law schools after their first year, New Delta radically revised the standard 1L curriculum of Contracts, Property, Torts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Legal Research and Writing to make transferring nearly impossible; to silence dissent, New Delta fired professors critical of these reforms and replaced them with visiting professors.


What Next for Vouchers in Louisiana?

In "Vouchers Come to Louisiana," Amber Peterson, an official with the Louisiana Department of Education who recently completed a master's degree in education policy at Teachers College, provides a concise, balanced assessment of the state's voucher program. Peterson explains the evolution of the program, eligibility requirements for both students and schools, distribution of participating private schools throughout the state, outreach efforts by the state, barriers to enrollment, and problems with school assessment.


What Effect Do "No Excuses" Charter Schools Have on Academic Achievement?

With steep behavioral and academic expectations, charter schools employing the philosophy of "No Excuses" have been praised and faulted: praised for bringing scholastic order to many disadvantaged communities and sending thousands of underprivileged students to college; faulted for enrolling a lower proportion of boys, English-language learners, and students with special needs than neighboring schools (and thus potentially increasing the pedagogical challenges facing those neighboring schools).


Do Charter Schools in Colombia Provide Sufficient Accountability and Choice?

In "Theory versus Reality in Charter Schools in Colombia," D. Brent Edwards Jr. and Hilary Hartley go beyond assessing academic outcomes to examine the process of authorization, evaluation, and enrollment to determine the degree of accountability and choice. Edwards and Hartley conclude that choice has been limited by inadequate supply, in turn curtailed by insufficient funding necessary for new Concession Schools to meet government standards; and that accountability has been compromised by the absence of a clear and common set of criteria.


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