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June 22, 2018

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Privatization of Public Schools
Last Featured: 8/19/2002

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Following years of frustration, growing numbers of people believe that it is time to let the private sector try its hand at improving the nation’s failing schools. Companies such as the New York-based Edison, Inc. are now running selected schools in Baltimore ### and other cities. Pennsylvania’s Governor had proposed that Edison run the entire 217,000 student district in Philadelphia. Proponents of privatization say that the public schools have had their shot and continue to produce students with substandard skills. Critics argue that privatization is not the answer. They note that Edison’s results, so far, are mixed and they question whether a for-profit company can really have the best interests of the children at heart. The problem, they say, is not the people running urban systems but the funding necessary to offer the same programs and opportunities as their wealthier, more successful suburban counterparts.

Philip R. Goldsmith was the interim CEO for the School District of Philadelphia, the nations 7th largest school district. He served as Chairman to the Greater Philadelphia First/Philadelphia School District Oversight Committee on Management and Productivity. Goldsmith has held senior positions in a broad spectrum of fields including law, journalism, government, banking and human resource consulting. A graduate of George Washington School of Law, Goldsmith was a Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia for Policy and Planning and a Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. He is currently on the Board of Philadelphia Futures and served as a sponsor and a mentor to a high school scholar.

Dr. David Salisbury is the Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute where he promotes education reform policies including school choice, home schooling, testing, and accountability. Salisbury also was the president of the Sutherland Institute, a free-market think tank in Salt Lake City, Utah, and executive director of Children First Utah. For 13 years, Dr. Salisbury was on the faculty in the Department of Educational Research at Florida State University. The author of Five Technologies for Educational Change, as well as numerous articles on education, Salisbury has served as an editor of The Journal of Instructional Development and Performance Improvement Quarterly.

Closing Quote
"We must abandon completely the naïve faith that school automatically liberates the mind and serves the cause of human progress. In fact, we know that it may serve any cause. It may serve tyranny as well as truth, war as well as peace, death as well as life. If it is to serve the cause of human freedom, it must be explicitly designed for that purpose."

— educator George S. Counts

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