Reclaiming democratic community education: the tide is turning

Central to the strategy adopted by those seeking to privatise public education has been the creation of the so-called ‘independent public school’. These are schools that are nominally in the public sector but detached from traditional forms of democratic community control.

They are encouraged to behave as businesses competing in commercial markets and often have substantial private sector involvement. ‘Charter schools’ in the USA, New Zealand’s ‘partnership schools’ and England’s ‘academy schools’ all provide examples of these so-called public-private partnerships – and all are now facing serious challenges.

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