The Transfer of Public Schools's Management for the "Public Non-State Sector” in São Paulo, Brazil: Challenges When Education Becomes "a Care Service to the Consumer"

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 5:45 PM
Room: 501
Oral Presentation
Lia URBINI , Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
An overview of the author's master's research (in progress), which discusses participation and social control specificity in "public non-state" educational services in Brazil during the last decades, after a major  structural change in the country's public educational services.

It investigates how the funding architecture of state services take place after  1998, when the transition form "full public" to "public non-state" took place.  It attempts to explain how the as called "financialization" and internationalization - key features in capital globalization - interfere on participation and social control in public education sector.  The case study analyses a legal entity created to this end - the OSCIP -  specifically the branch of education that began to operate in the first schools with public non-state management in São Paulo. Marked by incisive participation of the business community in partnership with the higher authorities of planning education (Education Departments of State and Municipality), their intention is to draw a OSCIPS school management model that copies central countries' school structure. This experience in São Paulo is crucial: it's a pilot project for all public education in Brazil. If successfull, all municipalities and States should also adopt this new model and all public schools shall be run by non-state entities.

The intention is to unfold and underline the mechanisms of production of a specific kind of participation and social control over public services, which is based on the logic of "care services to the consumer".  As a result, the strategies for a non-state organization, which presents itself as a nonprofit one, obtain profit arises. And, therefore, it can be said that there are private intentions supporting entrepreneurship in these supposed non-profit sectors.