Government Policies and the Shifting Place of International Schools in the Education System
International schools appear to form isolated islands in a country’s education landscape. Traditionally, they have been so in many places. However, with the corporatization of international schools and efforts to attract local students, international schools have been brought into greater contact with local education policy. In many places, parents wish to send their children to an international school; those schools have been only too eager to pursue local students. These factors place a great deal of pressure on barriers separating national education systems from international schools. Governments have been forced to respond. Should international schools be separate from the education system? Or should they be incorporated into it? Should local students be allowed to attend? What defines “local” versus non-local students? States now grapple with these questions.
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