A couple of stories about the rise if tutoring and other educational services as commercial entities.
Making cash, not the grade
Tutoring companies explode after NCLB, but oversight trails
— reported by CommercialAppeal.com
Over the past four years, large multimillion-dollar corporations alongside small, home-based businesses like Innovative Ideas have carved niches in school systems flush with millions in federal funds to help poor students. For their work, the companies receive anywhere from $1,300 to $1,800 per child depending on the size of the school district.
But around the country, investigations have uncovered serious flaws in the oversight of the companies.
In Tennessee, the investigation into Innovative Ideas Inc. and other tutorial companies revealed the companies repeatedly violated NCLB regulations over the past three years. Weak accountability at the state level, confusion at the district level and vague guidance in the federal law allowed the practices to continue until October 2005.
Education to be a fast-growing U.S. industry
— reported by the Northwest Herald
With about one in every four Americans enrolled in school today, education is a great place to be employed. And in the next 10 years education, already employing nearly 13 million people, is projected to one fastest growing industries in the nation.
With school attendance required for all children until their teens in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the public education system through the 12th grade comprises the largest segment of the industry.
But there are many other facets including vocational, parochial, boarding and military schools. And of course there are community colleges, colleges and universities, and professional and technical schools.
The passage of No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has established federal guidelines aimed at ensuring that all students in public elementary, middle and secondary schools receive a quality education. Because of this act, states are given greater flexibility on how to spend allocated funds. And schools are now held accountable for the quality of education they provide.
A relatively recent creation by the government is what is referred to as public charter schools. These schools were created to encourage a greater range of institutional options and to improve the overall quality for those using the public education system.
An innovation making rapid inroads in education is distance learning. Because of the advancement of communication and the Internet in the last decade, distance learning’s popularity has taken off.
Teachers make up nearly half of all workers in education. In this field, the desire to instruct or work with those who want to learn is paramount and patience is a virtue. But there are plenty of other occupations needed for support roles in the industry.
Want to know about salaries?
Administrators typically are the highest paid positions in the education field, earning an average of about $75,000 annually, according to the Department of Labor. Counselors are next, averaging more than $50,000. Teachers earn about $45,000, with secondary teachers making the most, followed by middle school and then elementary school teachers. For comparison, bus drivers earn on average approximately $22,500 and janitors make nearly $23,000.