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Middle East, Private Operation of Public Schools in

Many countries are decentralizing responsibility for education decisions, and some are turning to blends of public and private provision. One particular approach that is attracting attention around the world is to allow schools to be operated by private parties but funded by government and held accountable for government standards for educational quality. These publicly financed but privately operated schools are called by various names, including charter, independent, or community schools.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region relies overwhelmingly on centralized decision making in education systems and has noticeably lagged other regions in educational innovation. Some MENA countries have begun experimenting with greater school autonomy, but these are seen as recent and timid developments. Even within the attempts to give schools more autonomy, there are ...

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