- Privatizing undergraduate institutions has been increasing since the 1980s
- The National Education Association has steps for privatization published
- Privatized universities may increase with the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, and Republican-dominated administration
- By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education beyond high school
WHY IT MATTERS
On average, students absorb almost half of that cost. Privatization may provide more options for recent high school graduates, but some fear that privatizing higher education could create more division. Affluent families could afford more expensive schools which may lead to better jobs. A parallel can be draw to Pinochet’s regime in the 1980s, when education in Chile was completely privatized. Chile’s education system is segregated between high and low income households. Though more choices are available, lower income families are restricted to choose schools based on affordability, which may equate to a lower quality education. Could most students in the US lose quality education options if privatization takes hold?
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- DeVos has been confirmed as Secretary of Education
- Privatization of higher education functions can be very different from state to state
- President Trump declared Jan. 22-Jan.28 National School Choice Week
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
- Cost of an education and its intangible value
- Could this alienate lower-income families from accessing quality education or will choices benefit them?
- Is the word “choice” just an illusion?