ERIC Number: ED435813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Redefining Public Education: The Promise of Employer-Linked Charter Schools.
Public Policy Associates, Inc., Lansing, MI.; National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Michigan Future, Inc., Ann Arbor.
This paper describes the context that has encouraged the emergence of more than 100 employer-linked charter schools throughout the United States and examines the efforts of the employers and educators who are involved in employer-linked charter schools. The paper begins by explaining how the following business changes have promoted development of employer-linked charter schools: technology; globalization; escalating customer expectations; view of people as a strategic element; and extended enterprise. Discussed next are the promise of employer-linked charter schools and the natural affinity between employers and charters. Examples are then presented that illustrate the following key elements of employer-linked charter schools at work: founders' vision; learning in context and in the world; meeting workforce development needs; charters' relationship to traditional school systems; unique features of employer-linked charter schools; curriculum innovation; raising standards; assessment of student achievement; flexibility in staffing; and role models and mentoring. The paper's conclusion emphasizes the following findings regarding employer-linked charter schools: they provide compelling evidence of what charters can accomplish; they can increase the level of ownership by the business community; their relationship with public education can take many forms; they serve diverse as well as disadvantaged student populations; and they are an experiment in progress. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Conventional Instruction, Curriculum Development, Disadvantaged Youth, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Evaluation Methods, Experiential Learning, Innovation, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Mentors, National Surveys, Nontraditional Education, Partnerships in Education, Public Education, Role Models, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Staff Development, Student Evaluation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Associates, Inc., Lansing, MI.; National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.; Michigan Future, Inc., Ann Arbor.