Formulation and implementation of public policies in education and the public-private partnerships: a democratic impasse or a political mystification?

The administration of Brazilian school systems is faced with two impasses: The speech on Democratic Administration in the formulation and implementation of Public Policies in Education and the "productivist" practice that "dispenses" with the first one. In addition to the social pressure movements for "transparency" in the government's actions, which demand extended popular participation - through Councils or equivalents -, the pressure for "quality" of education and "competent" educational management are requiring immediate answers from the Public Leaders. Since they have no conditions to give them, they establish public-private "partnerships" that implement the logics of the market in the orientations given to schools and in the public systems of education, creating a new and contradictory concept of educational efficiency, where the participation of the different segments of the school community is no longer needed.

Educational politics; Basic education; Public-private partnership

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