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Vesting students as co-owners of market-based schools?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Frazier Apr 27, 2009. 2 Replies


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I’m cofounder and President of Openworld Inc. (, a nonprofit group specializing in microscholarships for eLearning and grassroots initiatives to awaken land values in economically struggling areas. My project experience has included work in more than 50 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Americas with public and private sector clients. A key focus has been to help entrepreneurial schools secure land grant endowments and promote policy reforms to build assets for self-sustainable development. Special interests include peer learning, market-based learning alternatives, eLearning, telework markets, and resilient community initiatives. I’m a former publisher and managing editor of Reason Magazine, a graduate of Harvard University and former Visiting Fellow of the Lehrman Institute. Articles on education include and

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Should we vest students as co-owners of market-based schools?

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 6:42pm 0 Comments

In many public schools, learning has been paralyzed by a combination of poor teaching, peer pressures that undercut academic success, and outright disruption of classrooms.

Is it possible that healthier outcomes would emerge by engaging students as designers -- and stakeholders -- of for-profit learning ventures that compete with under-performing schools?

A new framework for success-sharing

Many states now permit formation of for-profit charter schools,… Continue

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At 7:22am on April 15, 2009, Daniel Bassill said…
Mark, thanks for the ideas. I hope you'll look at the way I'm using maps to help distribute resources and services to all of the places in Chicago (or the world) where the same service is needed by different people. You can see samples at

Are you aware of the forum? You have lots to offer and share and that's a good place for networking of social entrepreneurs.

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