ERIC Number: EJ815734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-22
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U.S. Aid Urged for Education's Entrepreneurs
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v28 n9 p1, 16 Oct 2008
With the presidential candidates both underscoring their support for entrepreneurial initiatives in education, policy experts are advancing ideas for helping such efforts flourish. In their October 15 debate at Hofstra University, both Senators John McCain of Arizona and Barack Obama of Illinois used questions on education to talk about school choice and charter schools. McCain, the Republican nominee, singled out the New York City-based nonprofit Teach For America as the type of entrepreneurial venture he would encourage. Andrew J. Rotherham, the co-director of the Washington think tank Education Sector and a former education adviser to President Clinton, said the candidates' previous attention to entrepreneurial activity in education helped inspire a new report on ways the federal government could advance such efforts. In that report, two analysts call for establishing a "robust" new Office of Educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation. They suggest the office would "expand the boundaries of public education by scaling up successful educational entrepreneurs, seeding transformative educational innovations, and building a stronger culture to support these activities throughout the public sector."
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Choice, Educational Innovation, Federal Government, Public Sector, Entrepreneurship, Public Education, Quality Control
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