Title

The Bankrupt 'Revolution'. Running Schools Like Businesses Fails the Test

Publication Date

2-1-2007

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The role of businesses in public schools in the United States has expanded during the era of standards-based reform. This article provides a critical analysis of (a) the argument fundamental to that business influence across the spectrum of involvement; 'schools should be run like businesses' and (b) the assertion that 'if done so,' kids would learn more, parents would be happier, and society would gain immensely.' Examined here are the arguments of William G. Ouchi, one of prominent proponents of implementing business management practices in school districts. Ouchi claims to have found exemplary school districts that have, through implementing 'seven keys to success,' turned themselves around. The authors conclude that neither academic nor financial data from Seattle Public Schools, one of Ouchi's putative exemplars, support the claim.

Publication Title

Education and Urban Society

Volume

39

Issue

2

First Page

244

Last Page

263

DOI

10.1177/0013124506294861

Version

pre-print, post-print, no publisher's pdf

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