Developing a clear picture of school choice in Colombia

In “Colombian Charter School Management,” a new report shared by the National Center for the Study of the Privatization in Education (NCSPE), Dr. Brent Edwards Jr. and Stephanie M. Hall explore teacher management and resource acquisition in traditional and charter schools in Colombia. The authors build upon research from a 2015 NCSPE working paper by Dr. Edwards and Hilary Hartley focused on the authorization and evaluation of charter schools in Bogotá.

One of the stand-out findings from this study is that teachers in Colombia’s charter schools must be more credentialed that their TPS counterparts, yet they work longer hours, earn less money, and have no job security. As Samuel Abrams, Director of the NCSPE, shares, “Coupled with the 2015 NCSPE working paper by Edwards and Hartley, this analysis by Edwards and Hall provides at once a clear picture of school choice in Colombia and an alternative paradigm for comparative assessment.”

To read more about current educational issues in Colombia, see the following:

Colombia reaches deal to end 37-day teachers’ strike (Reuters, June 16, 2017) http://buff.ly/2sYPRuc

Colombia’s 37-Day Teachers Strike Ends in Victory for Educators (teleSUR, June 16, 2017) http://buff.ly/2txT9lh

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