|Private Ventures/Public Good Campaign|
Over the past decade, we have witnessed the growth of high quality and diverse service providers that partner with our Nation's schools to deliver real value to improved teaching and learning. Many of these organizations are commercial vendors. But despite this record of effectiveness, there are uneven policy/procurement systems across the states and districts that don't incorporate best practices coupled with cynical reporting in the media of the roles of tax-paying vendors.
Yet, with all of K-12 education’s successes and failures, why is it that one of the most significant components of the sector is routinely sneered at, sometimes ignored and almost always suspected of being up to no good? Why are education companies and entrepreneurs – those providing essential ideas, capital, capacity, innovation and resources – quickly dismissed as “for-profit” organizations? And why are these entities often excluded from direct participation in federal initiatives or face double standards in procurement at the State and local levels?
The Education Industry Association, together with the Education Industry Foundation, is committed to carrying out a long-term, comprehensive campaign, combining research, advocacy and communications. We intend to create a more open market for charter school operators, providers of extended learning time, ed-tech solution developers, suppliers of alternative and special education services and school turn-around companies.
PVPG will create conditions that promote effective public-private partnerships, allow education entrepreneurs and companies to attract new investment capital, apply innovative technologies and methods to solve instructional challenges, and help our schools improve student achievement.
EIA, with support from our Members, intends to achieve the following goals:
• To identify the major obstacles to a more efficient procurement process from both the school buyers' and industry sellers' perspectives and identify solutions that makes these transactions more efficient.
• To produce and communicate credible, third-party research on the efficacy of private sector-produced education products, services and solutions.
• To raise awareness and understanding among federal, state and local education policymakers, and public education officials/school board members, and the news media nationwide, of the positive educational and economic impacts of profit-making education companies.
• To document and communicate to key stakeholders the best practices of, and quality standards upheld by, proprietary providers of education products and services.
• To position public-private partnerships in education as a critical centerpiece of education reform and school /student achievement.
Click here to Join the Campaign Today: PVPG Campaign Form.
Testimonials from Members of the Campaign:
"An organization’s tax-status should not be a litmus test of eligibility to partner with school districts. That is why I am a strong supporter of EIA’s Private Ventures for the Public Good campaign. The campaign helps to level the playing field in creating new public-private partnerships. I urge my fellow entrepreneurs to join today.” Lillian Brienza, CEO, Brienza Academic Advantage
“We are a proud member of the Private Ventures for the Public Good campaign because the industry needs a strong voice advocating for our collective interests to regulators and the media. Too often, private enterprise is blocked from providing critical services to students and schools solely because of our status as a tax-paying organization. Our company, and others like us, bring tested solutions to help close the achievement gap; we just need the door to these opportunities to be more open.” Raymond Huntington, Founder/Chairman, Huntington Learning Center
"Private enterprise, including companies like Pearson, supplies public schools with a host of evidence-based student and district solutions, are sources of innovation and new capital, yet too often we see a double standard in the way for-profits are treated in the media and through public policy. The Private Ventures campaign is important, promoting more research about industry products, advocating with regulators at all levels of governance and helping to promote our good works with the media. Companies of all sizes benefit from the campaign and therefore they need to get on board." Scott Drossos, Vice President, Pearson, Inc.
"I have been an entrepreneur in the education field for a number of years. It was not until after I joined EIA that my business flourished. I enjoy being connected to other small business CEOs and working collectively to advocate for fair treatment by government agencies and the media. I invested in the Private Ventures for the Public Good Campaign immediately when it was established. This initiative will help companies like mine have more opportunities in terms of government contracts so that we can continue what we love to do -- educate our nations' youth." Melanie Carver, CEO, Carver Learning, Inc.
"For the past 15 years, companies like Educational Services of America, have provided high quality special and alternative education services to students who are either underachieving academically, too disruptive to remain in the regular classroom or whose educational needs require highly specialized interventions. For some districts, our tax-paying status is a non-issue, as it should be, and they select organizations like ours based on the performance we deliver for students. However, there are states and districts that explicitly bar our participation in contracts solely because we are for-profit. Changing this dynamic is the goal of the Private Ventures for the Public Good Campaign and I urge my fellow entrepreneurs to join with us today.” Mark Claypool, CEO, Educational Services of America