Cloning “Superman”: What Other Countries Already Know about Scaling Up Good Schools

Policy Forum
January 28, 2011 12:00PM
Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Peje Emilsson, Founder, Kunskapsskolan, Sweden; Humberto Santos, Researcher, Instituto de Políticas Públicas, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile; and Sarah Sparks, Journalist, Education Week; moderated by Andrew Coulson, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute.

Everyone agrees that we have too few good schools and too many lousy ones. What’s missing is a mechanism for replicating what works. Competitive for-profit markets have served that function in other fields, from cell phones to coffee shops. Can the same thing work in education?

To find out, we’ve invited experts from both hemispheres to tell us what their nations have learned from decades of experience with private-school choice. Peje Emilsson founded the largest chain of for-profit private schools operating in Sweden’s nationwide voucher program. Humberto Santos has studied the academic performance of public schools, independent private schools, and chains of private schools in Chile’s voucher program. Responding to their findings and asking challenging questions will be Education Week journalist Sarah Sparks.

Please join us for a lively discussion of how we might finally be able to stop “Waiting for Superman.”