The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship

The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship Possibilities for School Reform

Edited by Frederick M. Hess
Pub. Date: September 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-086-7
paper, 292 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-98-4
Price: $33.00

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The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship examines the challenge of creating innovative and productive entrepreneurial activity in American education.


This volume comprises some of the deepest thinking to date on many of the most pressing issues related to school reform. Its authors tell us not just what must be done, but how to do it. I recommend this book most enthusiastically. — Clayton M. Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School

The last decade has witnessed an unprecedented wave of social entrepreneurs who have set their sights on improving America’s K–12 education system, yet this phenomenon has gone largely unexamined—until now. Frederick Hess and his team of analysts offer an honest examination of what is considered by many to be the most exciting—and most promising—sector of public education. Questions about scale, replicability, and systemic impact are sure to dominate the education policy landscape for years to come, and this work takes the first stab at laying out these important issues. — Joe Williams, Executive Director, Democrats for Education Reform

The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship illuminates the emerging ecosystem of ‘edupreneurism’ in the United States. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the confounding complexity of the supply side of education reform—and certainly for anyone wishing to enter the field. By reading this book, new edupreneurs can relinquish their naiveté while maintaining their passion for improving public education. The book is right on target and may even tell too many of our secrets. And yet, a movement that fails to critically assess and reform itself can’t expect to improve anything else. This is powerful stuff. — Caprice Young, President and CEO, California Charter Schools Association

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About the Editor

Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. His many books include When Research Matters (Harvard Education Press, 2008), No Remedy Left Behind (coedited with Chester E. Finn Jr.; AEI Press, 2007), No Child Left Behind: A Primer (Peter Lang, 2006), Educational Entrepreneurship (Harvard Education Press, 2006), and Common Sense School Reform (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). His publications have appeared in numerous outlets including Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Education Week, Phi Delta Kappan, Education Next, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Hess currently serves on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and as a member of the research advisory board for the National Center on Educational Accountability. He is a former high school social studies teacher and former professor of education and government at the University of Virginia.