Business seeks to help schools Business group to meet with state officials.

January 06, 1992|By Harry Milling | Harry Milling,Special to The Evening Sun

The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, a group of CEOs of more than 50 Maryland companies, and state officials were meeting today to discuss ways the business community can help improve the state's public schools.

Programs that arise out of today's discussions might include developing better teaching methods in the maths and sciences, and management training for school board administrators and principals, organizers of the initiative said.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Nancy S. Grasmick, superintendent of the state Department of Education, have encouraged the partnership, which would operate under the auspices of Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Maryland Economic Growth Associates (MEGA).

"The plan is being developed out of [today's] meeting, but the overall structure [for pursuing the plan] has been established," said June Streckfus, director of educational and governmental affairs for MEGA.

The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education developed as a result of the National Business Roundtable, an organization consisting of more than 100 CEOs and chaired by IBM president John Akers.

The National Business Roundtable encourages school and corporate partnerships on the state level to improve education.

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