Hidden Markets: The New Education Privatization

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The past decade has witnessed an unprecedented expansion in the influence of the private sector in all aspects of public education. Across the United States, test publishers, software companies, virtual charter school operators, and other industries are rapidly moving to take advantage of the significant revenues made available by public education funds. As these private companies are garnering billions of dollars in public revenues they have assumed a central place in the day-to-day governance and administration of public schools-but, while drawing on public money and on the authority of public policy, the work of the new privatization has been kept relatively hidden from view.

Author Biography

Patricia Burch is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction to Hidden Marketsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Trends and Originsp. 1
Inside the Marketp. 21
Privatization and Its Intermediariesp. 39
Shadow Privatization: Local Experiences with Supplemental Education Servicesp. 55
Invisible Influences: For-Profit Firms and Virtual Charter Schoolsp. 77
In the Interstices: Benchmark Assessments, District Contracts, and NCLBp. 99
Working for Transparencyp. 119
Research Design and Methodologyp. 137
New Privatization Trends and Questions Conjoinedp. 149
Characteristic Companiesp. 151
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 165
Indexp. 177
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