Public-private partnerships in secondary education
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AbstractThe nature of public policy has changed with the advent of globalization as governments have attempted to increase efficiency to compete in a global economy. Public institutions, such as public education, have been greatly impacted by these changes, suffering layoffs, salary cuts and reduced funding, all of which have coincided with increased standardization and a lower public opinion of public education. Educational Partnerships (EPs) have emerged as unique opportunities to bridge gaps created by a changing policy environment which benefit multiple stakeholders in education. This MDP explores the development of EPs at the secondary level in public education. The study uses a case study approach and a results-based management framework to evaluate whether EPs are viable solutions for some of the problems facing public education. The analysis focuses on major trends, such as globalization and market-led policy reforms, from which several themes are identified: the changing role of government in the provision of public services, a new role for the private sector in corporate social responsibility, and internal changes in the public education domain, all of which have influenced the formation of EPs. Complicating the EP process are principles of equity and integration upon which public education is based. The case studies explore the impact of EPs on equity in learning, on the integration of diverse student populations, and on efficiency of service delivery. The findings from the literature review and the case studies are combined to make recommendations for nurturing and improving EPs in public education.
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