ERIC Number: EJ737283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr-19
Campaign Seeks Buy-In for High School Reforms: "Stand Up" Aims to Rouse Public Support
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v25 n32 p1, 22 Apr 2006
Kicked off the week of April 10, 2006 with a big plug on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," a new campaign spearheaded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is aiming to drum up public action to address what its organizers see as a crisis in America's public high schools. The Stand Up campaign comes as high schools have emerged as a focus of public-policy discussions. Many governors have recently outlined plans for improving secondary education, and President Bush--with little success so far--has advanced a high school agenda tied to the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The initiative is highlighting the need to reduce the dropout rate. Key goals include building parental support for higher academic expectations of students and intensifying political pressure on the U.S. public education system to better prepare young people for college and work.
Descriptors: Activism, Public Support, High Schools, Public Schools, Dropout Rate, Educational Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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