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Good post today by Christopher Lubienski. There is already a great deal of privatization in educational services and delivery (so much so it's really hard to draw a line) and now there's a push to take the actual decision-making out of government hands. Why? Lubienski points to a number of factors (quoted): an erosion of trust in institutions, the rise of economic inequality, and the promotion of alternative facts, 'experts,' and evidence-free perspectives. But there are good reasons to push back against this trend, he writes. First, business skills "do not necessarily transfer to other sectors, where trained experts often have better, evidence-based insights into the problems." And second, "privatization of public policymaking further disenfranchises marginalized communities who become the subjects of philanthropists' experiments."

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