ERIC Number: ED444752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Public Education: Commercial Activities in Schools. United States General Accounting Office Report to Congressional Requesters.
Shaul, Marnie S.
Commercial activities in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools have been growing in visibility throughout the last decade, a period characterized by tightened school budgets. As visibility has increased, so have concerns about commercial activities that generate cash, equipment, or other types of assistance and their potential effects on students' learning and purchasing behavior. This report responds to requests by members of Congress to: (1) identify laws, regulations, and policies that regulate commercial activities in schools; and (2) describe the nature and extent of these activities. The research involved a review of state laws and regulations, site visits to 19 elementary and secondary schools in 7 school districts in 3 states, a review of reports about commercial activities, and interviews with representatives of national education and business organizations. Findings indicate that the visibility, profitability, and type of commercial activities varied widely and that high schools had more commercial activities than middle or elementary schools. (EV)
Descriptors: Advertising, Budgeting, Business, Business Responsibility, Corporate Support, Corporations, Educational Environment, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Marketing, Mass Media Effects, School Business Relationship
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.