School Choice, Institutional Environments and the Precarisation of Teacher´s Working Conditions in Non-for-Profit Charter Schools

Pedro Pineda, Diego Alonso Salazar Morales, Jorge Celis

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Abstract

This article explores the effects of charter schools on teachers’ working conditions in Bogota (Colombia). By employing a semi-experimental approach involving Propensity Score Matching (PSM) and Difference-in-Differences (DID), we find that in the close vicinity (postcode area) of where they are established, charter schools more than double teachers’ workload for a comparatively small increase in salaries. In light of a neo-institutional approach, we argue that those advocating for the diversification of school types in Colombia have decoupled the presumed benefits of charter schools’ competition from their actual negative effects for teachers. Moreover, we also point out that despite charter schools in Colombia (Bogota) having a not-for-profit status, existing labour flexibilisation policies have exerted isomorphic pressures on them, forcing them to adopt short-term contracts and thus leading to ravaging competition practices among teachers. Overall, we contend that the introduction of charter schools in Colombia (Bogota) has led to a general precarisation of teachers’ working conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-259
Number of pages23
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume43
Issue number2
Early online date17 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • charter schools
  • employment problems
  • semi-experimental
  • teacher employment
  • temporary employment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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