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Contracting for Services

From an economic perspective, specialization occurs to allow a nation or organization to focus on what it does best. In so doing, the nation or organization can maximize output and outsource all other aspects of production. This concept came to education in the 1970s, when school districts decided to focus on what they did best: educate children. Consequently, educational leaders looked to contracts with outside vendors to provide some of the goods and services that are staples in the governance of public education but beyond its primary scope of educating children. The concept of contracting of services also applies to higher education.

This entry is written from the perspective of PreK-12 public education, but the concepts are applicable to higher education. The National Center for Education ...

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