ERIC Number: ED373455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Sectorial Relations & Chicago School Reform: A Preliminary View from the Foundation Sector. A Working Paper.
McKersie, William S.
Are sectorial relations among nonprofit organizations, business, and government truly dependent, or are they instead a complex mix of dependent and independent actions? This working paper is based on a dissertation in progress, which is a comparative analysis of how private foundations influence the reform of urban public education. It compares the role of Chicago-based foundations during three phases of the 1988 Chicago School Reform Act--development (1986-88); passage (1988-89); and implementation (1989-93). Specifically, the research seeks to identify the nature and consequences of the behavior of 10 Chicago foundations regarding the development, passage, and implementation the Chicago Reform Act. The participant-observation study obtained data through interviews and document analysis. The Chicago case demonstrates that the true balance between sectorial independence and dependence lie somewhere in the middle. Four examples of foundation behavior are presented that illustrate how independence and dependence have coexisted in Chicago's scenario of sectorial relations. As with so many issues in complex, fast-moving public policy arenas, it may be that ambiguity and uncertainty are unavoidable. One figure is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicago Public Schools IL
Note: A version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).