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Privatization of America’s Public Institutions

The Story of the American Sellout

Lawrence Baines

Privatization of America’s Public Institutions describes the transformation of the military, K–12 public schools, public universities and colleges, and prisons into enterprises focused on generating profits for a select few. In many cases, privatization has limited accessibility, promoted segregation, fueled declining standards, increased costs, and reduced quality.

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I have had much help getting this book to press. Jennie Hanna was indispensible with regard to gathering research, conducting interviews, and constructing graphics. For her immense help, I am sincerely grateful.

As always, Ed Farrell was a huge help. My wife Coleen Baines helped me dig into the tax forms of “non-profit” agencies and used her incomparable skills as an editor to help me find the right words. My mom Kay Baines and brother Robert Baines were invaluable readers and frank respondents over the past two years. Secily Guo and Adam Stroud made significant contributions to early drafts. My sis Pamela Carroll and brother Jack Baines offered timely suggestions and bracing encouragement during times of despair. Andrew Crane designed and photographed the cover and “Red” Baines and Morgan Upchurch offered advice on the title and overall look of the book.

I am grateful for all the individuals who agreed to speak with me. I offer special thanks to Sabrina and Torrence Cole, Tim Briscoe, Zabrina Tipton, and Kelly Feille, who responded to extended interviews and follow-up questions with consummate grace.

A final word of thanks to acquisitions editor Megan Madden at Peter Lang for having faith in the project and for believing that public institutions matter. ← xv | xvi →

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