Building Coalitions: How to Link TQE Schools With Government, Business, and Community
An axiomatic concept, but one that needs to be reinforced - and that is precisely the purpose underlying Building Coalitions. Those who are most likely to forget this basic truth are the very people with whom educators must build lasting, positive relationships: government officials, business leaders, and the tax-paying community. Educating children is expensive. As a result, students are an easy target for the cost-cutters in budget offices everywhere. To counteract this shortsightedness, Betty Steffy and Jane Lindle remind administrators that students are (or ought to be) the primary clientele of schools. All other groups are "secondary clientele" - but schools can only succeed with the help of government, business, and communities. Total Quality Education (TQE) focuses on long-range solutions to the problems affecting our schools and their students. Steffy and Lindle show school administrators how to communicate TQE concepts and, in the process, forge strong ties with others who can help improve education. Building Coalitions provides reflective forms for developing a campaign to effect change, and it includes tips, checklists, charts, surveys for data collection, as well as information management techniques. In today's super-charged political climate, perhaps no other information is more valuable than that offered here. Why? Because even the highest quality school can fail if it does not have strong support from those on the outside looking in.
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