What’s Inside

Dr. Patricia Burch Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Patricia Burch
Associate Professor of Education
USC Rossier School of Education

The work collected here examines how the role of private actors in K-12 education is changing, considers some of the reasons behind these changes, and brings into focus the influence of federal policy, markets as drivers, and the broader political context. The work also examines how these developments intersect with values such as democratic voice, equitable distribution of resources, and the public purposes of schooling. This work is especially salient given the increased involvement of private players in public education over the past decade. The trend is most apparent in large urban districts, which are contracting with nonprofits in areas such as school management and human capital development, and with for-profits for supplemental educational services.