ERIC Number: ED326691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
From "Solution" to Catalyst: A New Role for Federal Education and Training Dollars. Working Paper.
Spring, William J.
New statistics showing the need for improving the quality of the U.S. work force shift the focus of government-sponsored employment and training programs from social justice to economic security for all. At the same time, statistics show that more than 50 percent of young black males, even those who have a high school education, cannot find jobs. Hispanic youth in cities have similar or higher unemployment rates. However, with the present budget deficit, the Federal Government cannot solve this problem. The next round of federal legislation to aid education for disadvantaged youth should start with the concept of community responsibility and establish a tracking system to give each community information on how its youth are doing. New federal legislative initiatives must leverage local private sector employment, public education, and community organization resources and build systems of accountability for measurable results into the program design. The existence of Private Industry Councils to represent the interests of local businesses as partners with education and training institutions and the growth of such programs as the Boston Compact indicate that the elements of a more effective youth policy can be designed with the government as catalyst rather than as funder. (KC)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Change Agents, Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Institutional Cooperation, Models, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, School Business Relationship
National Center on Education and the Economy, P.O. Box 10670, Rochester, NY 14610 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Education and the Economy, Rochester, NY.
Identifiers: Boston Compact; Private Industry Councils