Friday, June 14, 2002

School Takeover Frenzy

This week schools in New York, Michigan, and New Jersey have all been threatened with or actually taken over by the Mayor or the Governor.

Reason Public Policy Institute has a study of previous school takeovers that found that while these "takeovers" often restore financial stability to a school or district, they do little to improve the academic performance of the students enrolled in the schools.

Simply changing the school bureacracy, without giving students a right of exit or making the schools subject to competition, will do little to improve student achievement.

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