ERIC Number: ED337880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Corporate Advocacy for Public Education. Occasional Paper No. 5.
The strengths and weaknesses of school-business partnerships and the need for more corporate assertiveness in the public policy area are the subjects of this paper, which is an adaption of a speech given on November 1987 to the St. Paul, Minnesota Compact Conference. The business community has two contrasting views of public education. One view is the extraordinary contribution of public education to the development and strength of the United States. The other view focuses on the problems that exist, including inadequate salary structures, poor working conditions, unsatisfactory infrastructures, and the decline of achievement. The paper outlines some of the tasks to be confronted as schools deal with a changing sociodemographic composition of the student population. Blaming the public schools for education breakthroughs is seen as incongruous and hypocritical. It is posited that school-business partnerships cannot dramatically improve the majority of the nation's public schools. Business will be most effective on systemwide issues and in the political arena by building coalitions to support major and permanent improvements in public education and by supporting candidates for elective office that are committed to doing the same. Appended is information on the Institute for Educational Leadership. (RR)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Corporate Support, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Policy, Public Schools, School Business Relationship, School District Autonomy, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Restructuring
Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.