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Meeting Illinois state proficiency standards is not adequate for higher education and/or the workforce. Reports that students are meeting these standards skews public and parent perceptions that they are performing at levels predictive of long-term life success in life when they are not.

Either we call all nonprofit founders social entrepreneurs – in which case the term is spin; or we come up with something important to distinguish the new group of nonprofit leaders from their predecessors.

A definition of “social entrepreneur” encompassing the proposition that traditional entrepreneurs involved in commercial enterprise serving public education is just so much spin. These are only “social” entrepreneurs to the extent that Henry Ford was a “transportation” entrepreneur. The people called "social entrepreneurs" formed nonprofits

Up until roughly the 1990s, a market structure based on a monopoly provider of public schools, an oligopoly of publishers, and no student performance requirements, more or less prevented the emergence of commercial or social entrepreneurship in public education.

There is no surplus of Comprehensive School Reform RFPs out there. The federal SLC Grant program offers some relatively rare opportunities through states and districts.

Federal prisons facilities are always advertising for high school and vocational education instructors. Some courses require at least some hands on, face-to-face teaching and learning. But not every class, not every part of every class, and not those for the GED.

“One who is able to begin, sustain and when necessary, effectively and efficiently dissolve a business entity.” And "one who organizes supply to satisfy a previously unmet demand.”

There are real social entrepreneurs in public education. They are quite scarce, not many are the people called such by the media and, if we apply the term properly, it will be obvious that most of the real social entrepreneurs in public education are being starved by their supposed benefactors - sometimes quite deliberately.


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