ERIC Number: ED364949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Global Competitives: Economic Imperatives for School Reform.
Negroni, Peter J.
This paper describes the need for systemic educational reform in view of the gap between students who are adequately prepared for tomorrow's jobs and the needs of business/industry. Rapid changes in the workplace--fueled by technological advances, altered family structures, expectations of varied and higher performance skills, and an increase of women and minorities into the labor force--have created an economic imperative for America to improve its schools. It is argued that systemic educational reform is necessary to adequately prepare the American worker for competition in the global market place. In this paper, the superintendent of Springfield, Massachusetts, Public Schools describes the components of systemic change; school choice; parent involvement; business-school partnerships; school restructuring; high expectations and standards; increased teacher salaries; a nurturing school role; staff development; and school-based management. The Springfield School District's efforts in systemic educational change are highlighted--a parental involvement program, a task force on major issues, training for school-based management, the development of business-school partnerships, and a 2-year restructuring plan. The experiences of a business-school partnership in Catawba County, North Carolina, are also described. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Springfield Public Schools MA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (San Francisco, CA, February 1990).