The 74: What Corporate Leaders Mean When They Say That America’s Schools Should Run Like Businesses — and Why That’s a Good Idea

This post is an excerpt of a full opinion piece originally published in The 74. Read the full piece here. Like most people, business leaders trust teachers and principals — and they hate bureaucrats. They support giving teachers more control over their classrooms and principals more control over their budgets. Most support increasing school funding. Those who do are more likely to focus on helping poor schools than the ones their own kids attend. During education briefings, business leaders...

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado on Opportunities for Reform

Business Forward hosted Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado yesterday for a briefing with our national network of entrepreneurs, investors, senior executives, and small business owners. Senator Bennet, who previously served as the superintendent of Denver schools, discussed education reform, immigration, and other issues facing the Senate. Below are some of the key takeaways from the discussion. On college: We’ve made college so unaffordable that I’ve got kids showing up at my town...

The importance of a well-educated workforce

At Business Forward briefings across the country, business leaders have shared how important a well-educated workforce is, stressing the value in continue with STEM initiatives and community partnerships for job training. The numbers and research back them up. In a Pew Report released in January, researchers found that a four-year college degree helped protect young people from unemployment, low-skill jobs, and lesser wages during the recent economic downturn. A study completed by researchers...

Business Support for Early Childhood Development

This week, America’s Promise Alliance and Ready Nation released a new survey entitled Championing Success: Business Organizations for Early Childhood Investments. The report, which takes a closer look at business support of early childhood programs, found that the majority of state chambers and business roundtables within the United States have taken some form of action to encourage early childhood education. According to the report, business organizations across the United States support...