The case for open markets in education
This paper outlines a new approach, based on existing research, experience and practice, to improve public education and educational equity by making more effective technological systems for education available. It argues that effective administrative and educational data systems are essential to support widespread educational reform. These systems can best be sustained and developed within a competitive marketplace using open and closed source tools combined with open communities of practice and expertise. These innovations can help to ensure that such markets, tools and communities can evolve to support a very large number of districts undertaking comprehensive organizational reform.
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