ERIC Number: ED337883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Detroit Business Leadership and Educational Change. Supporting Leaders for Tomorrow, Occasional Paper #7.
The growing proclivity of business leaders in some urban communities to become more deeply involved in the complex and politically volatile issue of school governance is assessed in this paper. The troubles facing Detroit public schools include a high dropout rate, illiteracy of graduates, and bad management of money and resources. In 1988, another tax hike was sought, and for the first time in 20 years, it was rejected by the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce. As a result, business and other community leaders brought about a change in the system and the people running it. Four incumbents of the school board were ousted and replaced by candidates who were strongly supported by business leaders known as the HOPE team. Individual and group initiatives that influenced change are outlined in this paper; they include actions by the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, the Business Education Alliance, New Detroit, Inc., Group of Organized Detroiters for Quality Education, Metropolitan Affairs Corporation, Detroit Strategic Planning Project, Citizens Education Committee, and the Detroit Compact. Information on the Institute for Educational Leadership is appended. (RR)
Descriptors: Corporate Support, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Business Relationship, School District Autonomy, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Restructuring
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.