Center for Public Integrity quotes Burch about education spending

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

Dr. Patricia Burch

The Center for Public Integrity quoted Patricia Burch in a story about political spending in education titled, “Education groups battle teachers unions in state races.” The issues raised in the article align with Burch’s forthcoming book, Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education. Burc h notes in the article that although K-12 education has been a highly-regulated market in the past, that is no longer true. The technology used in K-12 schools to administer tests and provide coursework has become a multibillion-dollar industry. Burch’s book shows that recent transactions and mergers portend the potential windfalls of this market. “It’s in the early stages,” she said. “We know that there’s potentially tons of revenue to be generated.”