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Why bother with for-profits? The answer, as explained by Frederick M. Hess and Michael B. Horn, is that because for-profits have owners, they bring some unique strengths compared to nonprofit and governmental organizations, including the ability, on average, to attract capital far more easily — not unimportant in a field where people are always clamoring for more dollars.
For-profits attempting to enter the education market are largely met with hostility, but the role they can play in K–12 and higher education deserves further consideration.
WASHINGTON DC, Aug. 1, 2013 – Across industries such as health care, clean energy and even space exploration, private enterprise plays an accepted and critical role. Yet when it comes to education, Americans see for-profits as an evil imposition. While there is no shortage of negative...
Tune in for a Google Hangout discussion about how policymakers can create an environment where the power of for-profit innovation and investment is leveraged to better serve students.
What once required a textbook can now be delivered faster, more cheaply and more effectively using new tools and technology. As schools, systems and suppliers respond, students will be well-served if educators, parents and policy makers recognize that public systems, nonprofits and for-profits all have vital roles to play when it comes to providing great schooling for 50 million children.
Join AEI’s Frederick Hess and prominent for-profit practitioners as they address this and other pressing questions about the intersection of federal policy and for-profits in education.
America's current K–12 education system is controlled by a seemingly impenetrable web of institutional interests. But new technologies and a renewed focus on student performance could fray the bonds between incumbents, creating an opportunity for nonprofis and for-profits alike to build a better American public-school system.
Policymakers should provide parents with a clearer picture of childcare program quality and give equitable oversight and support to all caregivers of infants and toddlers.
For-profit early care providers are crucial to filling the gaps left by public-sector early childhood education programs. Policymakers should--via effective rating systems--provide parents with a clear picture of program quality and give equitable support to all caregivers of infants and toddlers.
For-profits may have incentives to cut corners in pursuit of profits, but this trait is the flip side of valuable characteristics: the inclination to grow rapidly, readily tap capital and talent, maximize cost effectiveness, and accommodate customer needs. Alongside nonprofit and public providers, for-profits have a crucial role to play in meeting America’s 21st century educational challenges.
Join us for a lively debate about who is hurting the conservative cause and who is helping it.