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Education Management Organizations

The role of private enterprise in publicly funded schools is a prominent and contentious education issue in the United States today. Education management organizations (EMOs) are for-profit or nonprofit private companies that operate publicly funded schools. These organizations can take several different forms. Some EMOs focus solely on founding and operating charter schools (these organizations, e.g., KIPP: Aspire Academy, are often referred to as charter management organizations, or CMOs). Other EMOs operate district schools as contractors to public agencies or other organizations. EMO-run schools may be newly founded or existing schools previously managed by the district or some other entity (such “takeover” or “turnaround” schools are often those with a record of poor performance). EMOs may operate a single school, a small network of ...

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