Privatization creates an incentive structure driven by profit instead of by the needs of the community. The oft-stated aim of privatization is to increase competition in order to drive down costs and increase efficiency, but the markets for service contracts do not behave like idealized competitive markets. PRA monitors Massachusetts’ most notable conservative think tank, the Pioneer Institute, which is focused on dismantling the public good via privatization not just in Massachusetts but across the entire country.

This report demonstrates how three of the Pioneer Institute’s leading claims that their education reforms create greater equity in schools are not only unfounded but that these reforms disproportionately harm communities of color and immigrant…

On Wednesday, September 12 a federal judge ruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s delay of Obama-era regulation of for-profit colleges as “unlawful.” The regulations forgive federal student loans from “misleading, deceitful, and predatory” lending…

Since PRA’s 2016 report on Massachusetts’ most notable conservative think tank, the Pioneer Institute has taken on public sector unions not just in Massachusetts but across the entire country. Recent legal challenges to public sector unions have…

In October, the Fiscal and Management Control Board overseeing MBTA, Boston’s public transit system, took quick action …

Polly Williams, the Wisconsin African American lawmaker behind the nation’s first school voucher program, believed vouchers could help students of color in urban Milwaukee. Conservative donors and right-wing think tanks saw her program as opening…

Midterm elections present a particularly fruitful opportunity for the school privatization movement to maximize their investment. Since 1974, in mid-term or non-presidential election years, the federal election turnout has failed to reach 40% of…

This report documents the role of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in state legislative bills to privatize vital public services, with the aim of helping activists fight back.

The Pioneer Institute: Privatizing the Common Wealth By Paul Dunphy with Mark Umi Perkins   Table of Contents Foreword Executive Summary