Experiments in privatizing public schools have failed to deliver the savings and improved educational quality that their promoters promise, according to a study released Tuesday.
Three New York University researchers did the study for the Twentieth Century Fund, a non-profit, liberal foundation that sponsors public policy research.
They examined experiments in school privatization dating to the 1970s and current efforts in Baltimore; Hartford, Conn.; Milwaukee; Chicago; and Chelsea, Mass.
The researchers found no dollar savings and little improvement in test scores.
Supporters of privatization say it helps provide equal educational opportunities for all children by forcing schools in poor areas to stay competitive. The researchers suggested that instead it was taking away control of local schools from parents and students to make them responsive to stockholders.