Vested Interests of Stakeholders in Education

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will examine the stakeholders' vested interests in the education programs. Vested interests of community stakeholders may be tied to the local economy, politics, and other social issues indirectly connected to the school.


Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ''Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.'' School performance affects more than just the student and teacher, but a multitude of stakeholders. A stakeholder is anyone with a vested interest, including personal, professional, financial, intellectual, or otherwise, in the success of a school. Let's examine some stakeholders and their interests.

Primary Stakeholders

Primary stakeholders are the people who are directly affected by what happens in schools. The most important of all stakeholders are the students. Their academic knowledge, social development, cognitive skills, and future opportunities are tied up in what happens at school. Their vested interests in schools include economics, as well as physical and mental health. When it is age-appropriate, students should be included in decision-making at school. Students can provide including students in school a unique perspective that can enhance the effectiveness of proposed programs.

Secondary Stakeholders

Secondary stakeholders are the people who are indirectly affected by successes or failures in schools. Secondary stakeholders include parents and other family members, teachers, college professionals, police officers, and future employers. The families of students and future employers have a vested economic interest in the success of students. Teachers and college professionals are affected professionally by the degree of prerequisite knowledge students have obtained before reaching them. Students that stay in school and learn appropriate social skills are less likely to have negative interactions with police officers. While the effect of school decisions may not be as pronounced on the secondary stakeholders as it is on the primary stakeholders, this group of individuals are still profoundly affected by school outcomes.

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