Policy Brief

Education Management Organizations

Growing a For-profit Education Industry with Choice, Competition, and Innovation


Guilbert C. Hentschke-Dr. Guilbert C. Hentschke is professor of education and management at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, where he served as dean from 1998 to 2000. Currently he directs programs in the business of education, including the Galaxy Institute of Education and the school business management program. An author of numerous books and articles on school reform and charter schools, he currently teaches graduate courses dealing with markets, regulation, and performance in schooling and serves on several boards of education businesses, including the Aspen Education Group, The National Center on Education and the Economy, the Association of Educational Practitioners and Providers, and WestEd Regional Educational Laboratory. Dr. Hentschke earned his bachelor's degree in history and economics at Princeton University and his masters and doctorate in education at Stanford University. He can be reached at ghentsch@usc.edu.

Scot Oschman-Scot Oschman is a Ph.D. candidate at USC's Rossier School of Education, having recently earned his MBA at USC's Marshall School of Business. In addition to working on technology transfer projects for the Galaxy Institute of Education, Oschman teaches fifth grade students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He can be reached at IRI95@aol.com.

Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Snell has frequently testified before the California State Legislature and numerous other state legislatures and government agencies. She has authored policy studies on school finance and weighted student funding, universal preschool, school violence, charter schools, and child advocacy centers.

Snell is a frequent contributor to Reason magazine, School Reform News and Privatization Watch. Her writing has also appeared in Education Week, Edutopia, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.

Ms. Snell is also an advisory board member to the National Quality Improvement Center for the Children's Bureau; is on the charter school accreditation team for the American Academy for Liberal Education; and serves as a board member for the California Virtual Academy.

Before joining Reason Foundation, Snell taught public speaking and argumentation courses at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Master of Arts in communication from California State University, Fullerton.