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Quotes: Who You Calling "Private"?

image from scholasticadministrator.typepad.comFor decades, school districts have been contracting with private bus companies, private cafeteria services, private textbook publishers, private clock makers... Somehow, those are considered acceptable for-profits but an online education company is not considered acceptable. -- Louisiana superintendent John White in Stephanie Simon's recent Politico article
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Not only that, bu we pay a private computer firm to provide computer classes in our school, a private community member to teach ceramics and more private community members to teach music. Public school is very much private, withered the exception of the core teachers.
That said, the companies listed by the superintendent provide non-educational services. It is much different for a school to decide to forgo on educational services in order to increase profit (which is one of the primary concerns over for-profit schools) than it is to insulate that dynamic within a private contractor.
It can also be the case fhat districts choose to hire private contractors not because they are necessarily better at doing the job or because they have more power over employees (though that can sometimes be the case) rather because they can hire those people as needed as opposed to having to staff people all the time for something that might not be needed all the time.

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