Can you be for-profit and for students?
New book explores for-profits' role in improving education

  • Title:

    Private Enterprise and Public Education
  • Format:

    Paperback
  • Paperback Price:

    34.95
  • Paperback ISBN:

    0807754420
  • 272 Paperback pages
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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 opinions on for-profit education providers, there has been a lack of real conversation about the complex and complicated role they do, can and should play in improving American education.


As the education business continues to grow—and concerns about the United States educational system mount—it’s essential to move beyond rhetoric and gain an understanding of for-profits’ strengths and flaws, and how policymakers can involve them in tackling critical education challenges. In the new book Private Enterprise and Public Education (Teachers College Press, Aug. 2013), editors Frederick M. Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and Michael B. Horn of the Clayton Christensen Institute, along with contributors from across the education system, offer a thoughtful discussion on how for-profit education providers can promote quality and cost-effectiveness at scale.

“At a time when the educational status quo is defined by tight budgets, disappointing outcomes, high remediation rates and rising expectations, for-profits have a productive role to play in American education,” Hess and Horn argue. “Given sensible policies and quality control mechanisms, policymakers can leverage the power of for-profit innovation and investment to create a student-centric learning environment.”

Surveying the good and the bad of for-profits at the K-12, pre-K and higher education levels, Private Enterprise and Public Education initiates an important conversation that needs to brought to the forefront of education reform discussions.

Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Michael B. Horn is the co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and serves as executive director of its education program. Please email mediaservices@aei.org (202.862.5829) for media requests.

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About the Author

 

Frederick M.
Hess
  • An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include "Cage-Busting Leadership," "Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age," "The Same Thing Over and Over," "Education Unbound," "Common Sense School Reform," "Revolution at the Margins," and "Spinning Wheels." He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Hess's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind.  Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.


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