ERIC Number: ED346594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Statewide Restructuring of Education: A Handbook for Business.
Palaich, Robert M.; And Others
Practical information for businesspeople in support of fundamental, collaborative educational change is presented in this report. The first section points out that fundamental educational restructuring is necessary in a changing society with different needs and that school business partnerships are required to implement systemic change. The following strategies for business involvement are outlined: building a coalition; understanding the issues; supporting the development and implementation of a statewide restructuring initiative; supporting projects that contribute to the overall restructuring effort; advocating change; walking the talk; and monitoring results. Ineffective change strategies overemphasize increased funding without resource allocation, individual schools instead of the school system, change at the margins, single change approaches, increased standardized testing, and efforts involving only educators instead of all parties holding a stake in education. The summary argues for a primary focus on all children's learning. The last section offers two profiles of business community involvement in school reform activity in South Carolina and Washington. Two figures highlight key issues and principles of restructuring. (LMI)
Descriptors: Corporate Support, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Sector, School Business Relationship, School Restructuring, State Action, Statewide Planning, Systems Approach
Education Commission of the States Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (Stock No. S1-90-8).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.