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Hidden Markets

The New Education Privatization, 1st Edition

By Patricia Burch, Patricia Burch


200 pages

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Across the U.S., test publishers, software companies, and research firms are swarming to take advantage of the revenues made available by the No Child Left Behind Act. In effect, the education industry has assumed a central place in the day-to-day governance and administration of public schools—a trend that has gone largely unnoticed by policymakers or the press until now. Drawing on analytic tools, Hidden Markets examines specific domains that the education industry has had particular influence on—home schooling, remedial instruction, management consulting, test development, data management, and staff development. Burch's analysis demonstrates that only when we subject the education industry to systematic and in-depth critical analysis can we begin to demand more corporate accountability and organize to halt the slide of education funds into the market.


This book should not be interpreted as a polemic against NCLB or private providers, but instead it should be seen as turning the light on in the basement and exposing the dark corners….Burch is masterful at conveying a knowledge of the layers of policy in NCLB."--Education Review, February 2010

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Trends and Origins

Chapter 2. Inside the Market

Chapter 3. Privatization and its Intermediaries

Chapter 4. Shadow Privatization: Local Experiences with Supplemental Education Services

Chapter 5. Invisible Influences: For-Profit Firms and Virtual Charter Schools

Chapter 6. In the Interstices: Benchmark Assessments, District Contracts, and NCLB

Chapter 7. Working for Transparency

About the Authors

Patricia Burch is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin—Madison.

About the Series

Critical Social Thought

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects