The Bottom Line: State Schools

2014-07-21 Education Investor

Gabriel Heller Sahlgren, affiliated to IFN, writes in the British Education Investor (June/July issue) that "it is time to end the national ban on profit-making companies owning and operatingstate-funded schools in England, and let them drive the progress in education just as theyv have done in the economy at large." He explains that as a general rule, "we should pursue experiments before scaling policy up to the national level, and this applies here too". Sahlgrensuggests that by allowing randomised trials in certain areas, "we could rigorously test the impact of profits in the English context; given the existing evidence, only the ideological zealot could argue in favour of a complete ban on profits in schools".

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