ERIC Number: ED351796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Satellite Schools: The Private Provision of School Infrastructure. Policy Insight Number 153.
Beales, Janet R.
Policy Insight, n153 Nov 1992
The private-sector provision of school infrastructure in the form of satellite schools is discussed in this paper. Following the introduction, section 2 presents a case study of Satellite Learning Centers in Dade County, Florida, in which the schools operate as public schools on business worksites. The host-business, American Bankers Insurance Group (ABIG) contributes land, building space, and some operating expenses; the school district supplies the rest--teachers, supplies, curriculum, and administration. Benefits include the savings of millions of dollars in public school infrastructure and transportation costs, increased student performance and attendance, improved student/parent/teacher interaction, decreased absenteeism among working parents, and greater teacher career advancement opportunities. Section 3 describes the Hidden Valley Satellite School, a partnership between Hewlett-Packard Co. and the Santa Rosa City School District. The fourth section outlines potential benefits of satellite schools, which offer a solution to school overcrowding at a minimal cost relative to other options. An obstacle is the Field Act, California's seismic-safety standards code that prevents satellite schools from occupying existing office buildings. Recommendations are made for school districts, business partners, and the California State Government. Two tables are included. Appendices contain the ABIG-Dade County contract, various projections and program descriptions, and the Hidden Valley contract. (Contains 46 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reason Foundation, Santa Monica, CA.