ERIC Number: ED424393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Charter Schools. Leveraging Business Expertise To Improve Student Achievement. Successful Strategies Series.
National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Business Coalition for Education Reform.
This booklet provides business leaders and coalitions with information and resources they can use to support charter schools in their own communities. Section 1 provides a brief overview of the charter school movement and discusses the key features of charter schools, which are self-managed public schools that operate through performance contracts with a sponsoring agency (such as a state or local school board or university) and generally receive a greater degree of autonomy concerning state rules and regulations in exchange for a high degree of accountability. In section 2, the following components that are essential to a charter school's success: demonstrated results; satisfied customer base established through competition; defined market niche; quality employees; and rapid innovation. Section 3 highlights different strategies and examples of businesses forging partnerships with charter schools. Six strategies that businesses can use to get involved in the charter school movement are identified in section 4: support charter school legislation; sponsor or start a charter school; inform and ensure a relevant curriculum; participate in the school governance structure; offer work-based learning opportunities; and provide resources, capital, and expertise. Concluding the booklet are the addresses of 12 organizations with information on charter schools and 16 endnotes. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Corporate Support, Educational Benefits, Educational Legislation, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Financial Support, Leadership, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Strategic Planning, Vocational Education
National Alliance of Business, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005; Tel: 800-787-2848 (Toll Free); http://www.bcer.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Business Coalition for Education Reform.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For related documents, see ED 414 365-366, ED 414 370, ED 415 297, and CE 077 307-308.