CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Contracting as a Management Tool in Education

Many school districts, particularly in urban areas, are looking for radically different ways to manage and improve their educational enterprise. One strategy being used more frequently is contracting for educational services from private firms, either to completely run schools or for specific services. The number of firms and the number of schools being privately managed are fast increasing, facilitated by a changing institutional environment and supported by significant capital investment. This study (1996-2002) documented and explored the effects of these experiments.

Contracting as a Mechanism for Managing Education Services
(Jane Hannaway, November 1999)