ERIC Number: ED308599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-28
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Private Foundations: What Is Their Role in Improving the Education of Disadvantaged Youth.
Mizell, M. Hayes
Today's public schools are failing to educate not only disadvantaged students, but average students as well. The public education system in America faces twin dilemmas: In the current changing national economy and labor market, schools are inadequately preparing students to be self-sufficient adults; and the population of disadvantaged youth is steadily increasing. Suggested reforms by the federal government, magnet schools, and private foundations will do little to alter the structure of the educational system; school-site management, however, has the potential to produce changes. Through school-site management, administrators, teachers, and citizens can make the decisions (and monitor and evaluate their implementation) necessary to reform the education of disadvantaged youth. Unlike reforms foisted on schools by legislatures or boards, improvements resulting from school-site management would be implemented by the people initiating the reforms. This may be an advantage because reforms potentially would be more realistic, but reform efforts could also founder on the enormity of the task. Foundations can play a valuable role in the implementation of school-site management programs in public schools by supporting programs that are more likely to benefit the students, rather than objective reform that can be more beneficial to decisionmakers. (12 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Lecture in a series sponsored by the University of Cincinnati's College of Education (Cincinnati, OH, April 28, 1989).