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Privatization and Public Investment Study

Project Dates: 
2014 - 2016
Frank Adamson
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Policymakers worldwide are trying to figure how best to organize, govern, and support their education systems. They must manage multiple goals, such as workforce development, nurturing knowledgeable citizens, and ensuring educational opportunity. Some countries approach these issues with a public investment in teacher professionalization and a focus on equity of student outcomes, while others use a market-based, privatization approach to education.

This project produced a series of three comparative analyses between geographically proximate countries (U.S. and Ontario; Sweden and Finland; Chile and Cuba) that compared and contrasted the influence of a public investment approach with a “free market” approach to the governance and management of schools. The project included a book, Global Education Reform: How Privatization and Public Investment Influence Education Outcomes, as well as videos, infographics, policy briefs, and links to public discussions also available on the book webpage.