ERIC Number: ED257201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Business in Education: How Good a Grade? ERS Concerns in Education.
Woodside, William S.
School-business partnerships are flourishing across the country, but many schools and students are not being reached by these efforts. It is time now to look beyond the individual partnership programs and focus on systemwide issues in order to make the vast and fundamental improvements needed in public schools. Some corporate communities are already doing this in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Boston, Massachusetts. Other corporate communities are working in the political arena to help produce public support through tax increases for school financing (as in Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Cincinnati, Ohio). But potentially the most significant impact business-school partnerships might make will depend on the effect business has on the decisions made in Washington, D.C. and in state capitals. It is important that business build coalitions that seek major improvements in education, and that they work at the same time to provide a base of public support for schools from every level of government. Since private sector support for education can only be marginal at best, businesses need to take a careful look at their own behavior. Do they oppose decisions that harm public schools? Have they taken steps to help provide the support schools need? A first rate system of education is as important to the future as a strong national defense. (MD)
Descriptors: Business, Cooperative Programs, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Private Financial Support, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Support, School Taxes, Tax Allocation
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.
Note: Text of the keynote address to the New Business Initiatives in Education Conference (New York, NY, March 17, 1985).