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The Privatization of Schooling

A Powerful Way to Change Schools and Enhance Learning
Focusing on an important emerging issue in United States' education - school reform via privatization - this book is designed to meet three major goals: to examine the foundations and the context of the privatization movement; to review the evidence on privatization in areas other than schooling; and to shape decisions about privatization in the school-reform arena.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9780803963948
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 1996
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: June 19, 1996

Price: $33.95



"Murphy has written a remarkably useful book--it sorts rhetoric from reality and organizes arguments and evidence in a manner which sheds considerable light." James W. Guthrie, Professor and Director Peabody Center for Educational Policy Vanderbilt University "Provides the only comprehensive analysis of the privatization movement and its implications for school reform. It's a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of education." Martha McCarthy, Chancellor Professor, Indiana University "Brings together decades of pertinent scholarship on privatization as a platform from which to study its applications to educational reform. It's an important book that sets the table for putting the theories into application." John M. McLaughlin, Editor, The Education Industry Report The author addresses these important issues: * Why educators are beginning to look to private management or providers for reforming their schools * What privatization means to American education * How privatization of schools will affect accountability and efficiency * What the possible legal ramifications are * What educators can learn from non-education-related businesses In this enlightening new book, Joseph Murphy offers a clear, unbiased look at school privatization. He clearly explains how and why American education is forming new, symbiotic relationships with private companies to better meet the needs of students. The author discusses the political and the economic aspects of privatization and explains how political efforts are helping increase acceptance of private providers. He includes lessons learned from the health care, transportation, and utilities industries to show how districts may be affected. If you want to know how privatization will affect your district or school, or if your district is moving toward private management of education, this book has information you need.


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Joseph F. Murphy

Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education. In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as department chair and associate dean.

He is past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is co-editor of the AERA Handbook on Educational Administration (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002).

His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 18 books in this area and edited another 12. His most recent authored volumes include Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement (2002), Leadership for Literacy: Research-Based Practice, PreK-3 (2003), Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (2005), Preparing School Leaders: Defining a Research and Action Agenda (2006), and Turning Around Failing Schools: Lessons From the Organizational Sciences.\

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Setting the Stage

Defining Privatization

Historical Context of Privatization

Pressures for Change

Intellectual Underpinnings and Expected Benefits

Forces Fueling Privatization in Education

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