ERIC Number: ED333536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: 0
America's First Corporate Public School: Model for Education Reform?
Bentley, Carol L.
In September 1988, the Corporate Community Schools of America (C/CSA) opened its first model school in Chicago's North Lawndale, an innercity neighborhood scarred by deprivation, violence, and hopelessness. After briefly describing the school's laboratory approach, this report defines C/CSA's philosophy, goals, and educational plan and refers to research supporting the C/CSA model. The C/CSA is a not-for-profit coalition of business executives, community leaders, and concerned educators working together to reform U.S. urban public education. The C/CSA educational plan differs from the usual school-business arrangements by focusing on preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school instead of job training; facilitating corporate, educator, and community participation on boards; providing ongoing financial commitment; and participating with key groups in urban reform efforts. The plan's benefits include focusing resources effectively, taking full advantage of corporate expertise, and facilitating a systemwide impact in education. The North Lawndale school serves predominantly Afro-American and Hispanic students, operates year-round (except for 3 weeks in August), is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and provides breakfast, lunch, snacks, and transportation as needed. The school's philosophy is that all students can be powerful lifelong learners. Founding principles, including the necessity for a strong principal, are described, along with the sound, performance-based management techniques used to ensure success. Implications and 1989-90 goals are also discussed. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Corporate Community Schools of America; Illinois (Chicago); Partnerships in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 17-20, 1990).