ERIC Number: ED337877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Next Steps in the Relationship between Business and Public Schools. Supporting Leaders for Tomorrow, Occasional Paper #1.
Prepared as background for participants in an exploratory conference, this paper examines whether school-business partnerships and other forms of business assistance are contributing to fundamental change and reform, in the education system. Five questions are investigated. (1) How are businesses currently working with public education? The four categories of involvement described are adopt-a-school programs, school improvement and support initiatives, employability initiatives for disadvantaged youth, and advocacy for public education. (2) To what extent has business involvement improved or changed the public schools? Outlined are the benefits to students, to education personnel, and to public education in general. (3) What additional changes or reforms are needed in public education? Redesigning local schools, professionalization of teachers, accountability, and strengthening efforts to serve at-risk students are detailed. (4) What role can business play in bringing about the needed changes and reforms? Changing aspects of existing structure and support for initiatives to address the needs of the disadvantaged are explored. (5) What can be done to encourage and support business to become more active and effective in bringing about needed changes and reforms? Six suggestions are given including education of local business leaders and conducting joint meetings among business, education and political leaders. Information on the Institute for Educational Leadership is appended. (RR)
Descriptors: Corporate Support, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Business Relationship, School District Autonomy, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Partnerships in Education
Note: Working paper for the Exploratory Conference of the Institute for Educational Leadership and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (Washington, DC, February 24, 1988). For other titles in this series, see EA 023 404-405 and EA 023 408-415.