ERIC Number: ED238565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-8
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Business Community in Improving the American Education System.
Campbell, James B.
Historically, the business community has been concerned with educational issues. The United States Chamber of Commerce has had an active educational committee involved in shaping federal education policy since the l960s. Local and state school systems, along with business leaders, parent-teacher associations, advisory boards, and school finance committees have also developed business/education partnerships. Three conditions have been identified that highlight the new challenges facing business and education leaders. First, there has been an increase in teen and adult illiteracy rates in the United States. Second, this country is facing severe shortages of skilled workers due to the shift from industrial to high technology jobs. Third, the United States is encountering unprecedented international competition. In recent years, educational improvement "success stories" have included activities such as adopt-a-school systems, fellowships and internships for teachers, loaned equipment, and initiatives for support of new school financing. Some partnerships between business and education are (1) Tenneco Oil Company and the Houston, Texas, Independent School District; (2) Pinellas Suncoast Chamber of Commerce and the Pinellas, Florida, Public School System; (3) the State of Mississippi and the Mississippi Economic Development Council; and (4) the State of California and the California Business Roundtable. (BJD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Chamber of Commerce of the United States
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the National Forum on Excellence in Education (Indianapolis, IN, December 6-8, 1983).