For Profit Schools' Public Benefits

In the heated debate over reforming U.S. public schools, most of the attention has focused on the issue of vouchers--using government funds to help parents send kids to private, usually religious, schools. The real action, however, has been elsewhere. Public schools run by for-profit educational management companies are are starting to have an impact nationwide. They are providing what the advocates of vouchers are seeking, competition within the public-school arena, without the controversy over using tax dollars for religious purposes.

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