ERIC Number: ED370194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Local Education Funds: The Community Connection to Education Reform. A Report on a Consultation (Atlanta, Georgia, November 17, 1992).
BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.; Alabama Power Foundation, Birmingham.
This booklet highlights consultation on the community link to educational reform. Participants included 25 representatives from local education funds (LEFs) in the southeastern United States and 9 representatives of statewide and regional organizations. This booklet describes the role of LEFs, which are independent, nonprofit, community-based entities devoted to supporting public education in the community. The context of education in the southeastern United States is also described. As LEFs develop, they progress from communicating education needs to the public, to community building, to impacting policy, and to acting as advocates for public schools. Future LEF roles center around ongoing reform and advocacy. Barriers to LEFs include turf battles; lack of assistance in technical matters; a need for help in moving from high visibility, short-term activities to more strategic, change-oriented programs; and the maintenance of business-community involvement. In conclusion, LEFs provide special opportunities for creative approaches to philanthropy in the region, linking grassroots support of education with comprehensive efforts at school reform and systemic change. (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: BellSouth Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, GA.; Alabama Power Foundation, Birmingham.
Identifiers: Local Education Funds; United States (Southeast)