ERIC Number: ED337885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Sustained Business Involvement in State School Reform: The South Carolina Story. Supporting Leaders for Tomorrow, Occasional Paper #9.
In South Carolina, reform through the Educational Improvement Act (1984) and business-education partnerships are paying dividends in school improvements and gains in student performance. One key factor is the continued involvement of business leaders and business organizations in monitoring and supporting full implementation of reforms. Four stages of business involvement are described. The first is the development of reforms and ownership where contributions by business leaders' included a privately funded poll, grassroots advice, and business leaders' participation in reform strategy. The second is the selling and promotion of reforms and funding using strategies such as a media campaign, speakers bureau, and information packet. Third, implementation of reforms was supported by a variety of means, including helping individual schools and monitoring implementation. Fourth, business helped to maintain momentum for reforms by fending off attempts to freeze or repeal reforms, by recognizing successes and thus retaining interest, and by pursuing improvement. A new school reform package, called Target 2000, emphasizes new or expanded initiatives that include dropout prevention, basic and higher order thinking skills, and expanded partnerships. A number of examples of improved outcomes and performance are listed. Funding issues are described with conclusions and implications. 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
Publications Department, Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc., 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Partnerships in Education; South Carolina
Note: For other titles in this series, see EA 023 403-405 and EA 023 408-415.