Josh Anderson Posted over 2 years ago Do elite private schools have a responsibility to improve local public schools? As an adult educator, asked a similar question for a long time, "Doesn't the much better funded K-12 have an obligation to support the adult education system?" I ended up rejecting that question. Weak power tries to force or mandate. Strong, long-lasting effective power comes from winning hearts and minds. Now I look for areas of commonality and try to create, specific, concrete opportunities for partnership. A solution to your problem by way of a proclaimed "responsibility" would abolish the public/private distinction.