American business leaders created the New American Schools Development Corporation in 1991 to identify effective schoolwide restructuring designs for the nation's public schools and fund their implementation. After reviewing more than 600 proposals, the private nonprofit corporation chose seven schoolwide restructuring models to test and implement in schools. Each design requires community and parent involvement as well as professional development for teachers and administrators. Each design team represents a collaboration of educational and business organizations. They are implementing the seven models in 10 cities and states and will work with the Education Commission of the States to disseminate the designs nationally. The RAND Corporation will conduct and publish research on the project.
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