Frequently Asked Questions

What is the education industry?

The education industry comprises the entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations which are playing an increasingly important and essential role in supporting public education by meeting the demand for products and services that both complement and supplement public education. These include after-school tutoring providers, school improvement and management services, charter schools, alternative education and special education services, professional development for teachers and administrators, educational content providers and suppliers, as well as the rapidly growing sector of online education.

How large is the education industry?

Education is rapidly becoming a $1 trillion industry, representing 10% of America's GNP and second in size only to the health care industry. Federal and State expenditures on education exceed $750 billion. Education companies, with over $80 billion in annual revenues, already constitute a large sector in the education arena.

What does EIA do for its members?

EIA provides a range of beneficial services to its members, including the provision of information, perspective and insight about regulations and policies developed in Washington, DC and State capitols nationwide. EIA also provides representation and advocacy in those same capitol cities, as well as with the news media, analysts and others with an interest in education reform and excellence. Frequently, this advocacy work is organized through coalitions working under the governance of EIA and is supported by fees paid by members in addition to annual membership dues for focused lobbying and public affairs activities. EIA also offers a range of professional development, organized peer mentoring, networking and conference calls/webinars to help members learn and understand the important issues facing them and education in general.

What size companies are members of the EIA?

EIA member companies range from some of the largest tutoring and school management companies, with thousands of employees and hundreds of locations, to small, single-location tutoring and learning center organizations, to self-employed tutoring consultants. With its roots in the Association for Educators in Private Practice (AEPP), EIA understands the need and has the capacity to support the needs of diverse companies of all sizes and missions.

How can one get involved in the work of the EIA?

EIA provides members many opportunities to become involved and make a difference. One way is to join one of the EIA’s sector-specific coalitions, and contribute to ongoing efforts to influence policymakers as well as to convey member success stories to the news media, parents, local school districts and other key audiences. Currently, EIA offers separate memberships in the following coalitions:SES Coalition, Coalition for Innovations in Education, and the Affordable Tutoring Coalition (ATC). Other special interest groups are forming for drop out prevention, online learning, and special education.

Another way is to attend one or more of EIA’s annual gatherings: Education Industry Days, in the early spring in Washington, DC; the Fall Investment Forum also in DC, and EDVentures, EIA’s annual conference in July, which moves from location to location around the country.

Monthly webinars on special topics, quarterly newsletters, and opportunities to join committees of the Board are all other ways to get and stay connected with your peers.  And these opportunities continue through the mentoring program, there are structured opportunities for seasoned operators to assist emerging operators in their business processes.