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ERIC Number: EJ757353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Smart Money: Public Investment in Public Education
Schweke, William
School Administrator, v63 n2 p10 Feb 2006
This article discusses the inspiring achievements of Zavala and Ortega Elementary Schools. These two schools are examples of "smart money," public dollars that are invested and generate a high societal return, measurable in real, quantifiable results for workers, businesses and society. The author explores ways in improving school performance even in the most low-income schools and provides examples, drawn from more than 180 studies, books and articles, on the importance of economic development and the payoff of education. The author concludes that in order to create more schools like Ortega and Zavala, states and localities will have to shift tax and spending priorities and build a broad-based constituency of community members committed to change. U.S. firms must compete on the basis of new, higher quality service and production approaches, using new technologies and a more skilled workforce to achieve a higher and more shared standard of living. A high quality education and training continuum, while not sufficient alone, is a necessary condition for meeting this challenge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas