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Private Management Will Raise Standards Posted: 01.22.03
A student makes his case for the push to privatize public schools.
By Keith Jones, a high school junior at Friendship-Edison Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C.
I feel that the private management of public schools is a good thing to do. The failing public school system in the United States is in need of a change. Privatizing public schools will promote smaller class sizes, increase test scores, and help improve the perspective of America's schools.
In recent studies it has been found that public schools are experiencing difficulties in terms of test scores and poor school condition. This is especially true in urban settings and in the minority community.
For example, the schools in Washington DC are struggling to keep up with the changing times. Some of the public schools in the District are over 50 years old. With that, comes the need for renovation, which at this time the DC government cannot provide, due to insufficient funds. This is where the private management of public schools plays a vital role. An organization or company can turn on old school school building into a newly renovated school. A great example of a renovation of a dilapidated building is my school, Friendship-Edison Collegiate Academy.
Friendship was chartered by the organization Edison Schools, Inc, with a partnership with Friendship House, a non-profit organization. A few years ago, this school building was a drug infested, boarded up building. After renovation, it is one of the most beautiful schools in Washington DC
If more public schools were managed by private companies, it would also increase student enrollment. Students do not want to go to an old shabby school building. With privatization, students will more than likely be eager to come to school since their learning will happen in a beautiful building.
it is not just the structure of the school building that
For me, it is easy to see that the private management of public schools is the best way to renovate and recover from the atrocious management of public schools that we now have in our country. Privatized schools are best for this city and best for America.
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