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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2005): Education - Overseas

Building public trust through public-private partnerships

B. Brewer and M.R. Hayllar

International Review of Administrative Sciences, vol.71, 2005, p.475-492

This article examines two public-private partnerships in Hong Kong where government actions have severely undermined the trust necessary for this model to work effectively. School-level education in Hong Kong has traditionally been delivered through a partnership between the government as funder and civil society organisations such as churches as providers. Trust has been dissipated by government's laying of a statutory duty on schools to allocate 40% of seats on management committees to parents, teachers and independent community members. Acrimonious public wrangling has ensued, with churches threatening to close their schools rather than comply. The second case focuses on plans to build an arts hub on re-developed land.

Challenging statutory limitations on children’s education rights: a re-examination of the Canadian Supreme Court decision in Auton

S. Grover

Education and the Law, vol.17, 2005, p.43 - 52

The 2004 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Auton concerns the right of autistic children to access services held by the parents to be essential to their children's ability to participate in a democratic society. It is argued that the child's right to have its basic needs met is a constitutionally protected one. Having those developmental needs met engages both education and health rights. The case raises central questions regarding the constitutionality of a discretionary power of government to set statutory limitations upon fundamental human rights.

Education reform for at-risk youth: a social capital approach

B. Jorgensen

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol.25, no.8, 2005, p.49-69

Article uses the Education Queensland Reform Agenda to illustrate approaches to education reform. It argues that in seeking to address the needs of "at risk" youth, education reform needs to do more than aspire to keep them earning or learning. A broad set of reform strategies including the adoption of distributed governance, making available meaningful school performance data, encouraging experimentation and facilitating community involvement in school planning and operation appear to be needed. Measures such as these will mobilise trust, minimise social fragmentation, generate community resources, build cohesion and assist disengaged young people to participate fully in a robust and vibrant democracy.

Working students at Greek universities

D.M. Mihail

Journal of European Industrial Training, vol.29, 2005, p.561-571

Paper aims to explore the idea of creating internships in Greek universities to provide their students with part-time jobs as a means of encouraging educated young Greeks to join the labour market. To assess the feasibility of such a project, a survey was conducted involving 237 undergraduates majoring in business management and 22 administrators in the University of Macedonia. Research suggests that launching a work-school programme focused on campus part-time jobs is achievable and beneficial to both students and university administration.

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