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While large-scale privatization efforts like the Philadelphia experiment may be politically difficult, nationwide the growth of charter schools continues to fuel the growth of both for-profit and nonprofit education service providers.

Charter schools can be viewed as the largest example of education outsourcing, with close to 2,700 individual contracts between charter schools and their government authorizers.

According to "Profiles of For-Profit Education Management Companies, Fifth Annual Report, 2002-2003," more than 74 percent of all privately managed public schools were charter schools. For-profit providers operate between 10 and 14 percent of all charter schools. In 2002-2003, 47 companies operated 417 schools in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

Written By: Lisa Snell Published In: School Reform News Publication Date: October 1, 2003 Publisher: The Heartland Institute