Reinventing Public Education

How Contracting Can Transform America's Schools

by Paul T. Hill, Lawrence C. Pierce, James W. Guthrie

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Presenting an alternative vision for America's schools, the authors show how "contracting" would radically change the way we operate our schools while keeping them public, accessible to all, and better able to meet standards of achievement and equity. By using public funds, local school boards would select private providers to operate individual schools under formal contracts specifying the type and quality of instruction. Contracting would free local school boards from operating schools so that they could focus on improving education policies. It would allow parents to choose the best schools for their children. It would also ensure that schools are held accountable for meeting academic standards. Contracting would enable schools to become more imaginative, adaptable, and better suited to the needs of children and families. In the ongoing campaign to improve our public schools, this book cannot be ignored.

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