ERIC Number: ED375242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
A Place at the Table: The Changing Role of Urban Public Education Funds.
Useem, Elizabeth L.; Neild, Ruth Curran
This paper explores the degree to which the public education funds in selected districts have become players at the policy table and examines the factors that permit funds to have a credible voice in the turbulent political world of urban districts without seriously jeopardizing their working "inside" relationships with these systems. The analysis draws extensively from the public education fund in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), PATHS/PRISM: The Philadelphia Partnership for Education, and includes interviews with a total to 25 current and former members of the organization, as well as other top-level officials, and panel presentations by executive directors of various funds. A significant number of funds were found to have taken on projects with goals to effect structural change in individual schools, clusters of schools, or across an entire district or throughout a set of districts. These funds have risked alienating their school-district partners whose goodwill they have cultivated in earlier projects. The ability of public education funds to be policy players appears to depend on whether a district's superintendent is willing to permit this type of involvement. Overall, findings indicate that the multiple roles that public education funds were set up to play (supporter, convener, facilitator, catalyst for change) have stood them in good stead as they have evolved in the past 10 to 15 years. Contains 20 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).