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ERIC Number: EJ795163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
"Table Top Theory" as a Policy Framework for Gauging the Confluence of Teaching and Private Sector Interests
Jones, Bruce A.
Teacher Education Quarterly, v34 n2 p185-204 Spr 2007
Without question, the role of business, philanthropy, and other private sector interests in the day-to-day operation of public education has increased significantly over the past 25 years. Pundits of this phenomenon contend that a number of factors have contributed to the increase, such as (1) public dissatisfaction with the performance of school systems; (2) the physical decay of the nation's schools; (3) public dismay over school efforts to eliminate student academic, attendance, and behavioral performance problems; and (4) a perception that schools lack public accountability. Many of today's schools do not look like learning centers of the 21st century, but rather are operated more like correctional facilities with a mission to warehouse rather than educate children. These factors are particularly true for the nation's urban inner-city school systems. From a historical standpoint, the United States has never done well toward serving the education and economic needs of historically disenfranchised groups. Given these factors, there is a proclaimed fear by the private sector that the nation's schools are not preparing the youth to function effectively in the workforce and global economy. In this article, the author uses the table top theory, a theory that emerged as a conceptual framework, for gauging and examining the role of the private sector. Here, the author investigates the massive intervention of business and philanthropy in a school restructuring effort in the St. Louis School District between 2003 and 2004. As a result of this intervention, the St. Louis School District became the first district in U.S. history to be run by a corporate takeover firm, New York-based Alvarez & Marsal. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 29 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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