ERIC Number: ED356569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Private-Sector Coalitions and State-Level Education Reform. Policy Bulletin.
The influence of the private sector on education has been and continues to be significant. The use of scientific management in education, which led to standardized testing, accountability, and educational administration, came from the private sector. In recent times, many businesses have formed charitable and professional support partnerships with schools and school districts. This interest has widened into the area of educational reform. In some locations, private-sector representatives have been appointed to government educational bodies. In January 1992, a nationwide survey was conducted of 50 private-sector coalitions involved in statewide educational reform, promoting educational priorities by influencing state-level policy makers, and having voluntary individual or corporate memberships. The survey revealed that most of the coalitions were 5 years old or newer. The majority of the coalitions also consulted primarily business and state-level resources to shape their educational philosophies and plans of action. The coalitions' highest priority was improved student performance and changing the power structure of education. School choice received little or no support. On average, the state government representatives surveyed viewed private-sector coalitions favorably and saw them as valuable for developing and maintaining political relations. A list of private-sector coalitions in the United States is included. (JPT)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Sector, Public Schools, School Business Relationship
Indiana Education Policy Center, Smith Center for Research in Education, Suite 170, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Education Policy Center.