Ah, The Regulators

Charter school regulation changes frequently in USA. The battle?

“What parents want” versus “What political power brokers want.”  Teachers unions have a lot of power, and they typically oppose charters.

In my city, Boston, it means that despite many well-regarded charter schools, it is forbidden to open new ones.  There are long waiting lists for each charter here.

Chinese regulation of private schools changes frequently as well.

Viggo Stacey writes:

In the revised regulations for private education, private businesses now cannot partake in or acquire public schools, while non-profit government schools must seek approval before signing agreements with for-profit education companies.

…Andrew Chen, chief learning officer at WholeRen Education, said that the draft law does not allow foreign investment or foreign organisations to participate in school ownership and management for grades one to nine.

“Foreign capital or control [would] not be allowed in K-9 education in China,” he told The PIE News.

“If the school caters solely for students with foreign passports or from grades 10-12, or before Grade one to Chinese citizens, foreign capital or control will be permitted.”

So the demand remains.  Parents want their kids to attend college in UK and USA.

What happens now?

“Just a contract to ‘give the name’ to a Chinese private international school will incur tens of thousands of income for a foreign school,” he said, adding policy uncertainty makes it difficult to understand what will happen next.

“The government has repeatedly limited, censored, appointed the curriculum of the international schools with Chinese-passport students.”

Students are often able to study foreign curricula at international schools in China, especially at higher levels.  However, when students enter the international track, they cannot go back to the Chinese national Gaokao curriculum.

This means students cannot obtain admission to any decent Chinese university, Chen said.