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ERIC Number: ED013288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 598
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Reference Count: 0
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TOWARD CREATING A MODEL URBAN SCHOOL SYSTEM--A STUDY OF THE WASHINGTON, D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
PASSOW, A. HARRY
EXTENSIVELY REPORTED ARE THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF A COMPREHENSIVE 15-MONTH STUDY OF THE WASHINGTON, D.C., PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SUCH A SURVEY, IT IS FELT, WILL HELP TO CREATE A MODEL URBAN SCHOOL SYSTEM WHICH WILL OFFER PUPILS QUALITY EDUCATION DIFFERENTIATED TO MEET THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. THIRTY-THREE SPECIALIZED TASK FORCES COLLECTED DATA ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS--PUPIL POPULATION, PROFESSIONAL STAFF, INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM, MATERIALS, ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION, SERVICES, PLANT, RESOURCES, FINANCES, COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS, AND WORK WITH NONSCHOOL AGENCIES. THE STUDY COMMITTEE FOUND AMONG OTHER THINGS THAT (1) SCHOOL GROUPING PROCEDURES WERE BOTH ABUSED AND ABUSIVE, (2) THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS BECOMING RAPIDLY RESEGREGATED, (3) CURRICULUMS WERE NOT PARTICULARLY ADAPTED TO AN URBAN POPULATION, AND (4) ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT WAS SUBSTANDARD. AMONG THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL ORGANIZATION ARE PROPOSALS THAT THE CITYWIDE TRACKING SYSTEM BE ABOLISHED AND THAT PRESCHOOL EDUCATION BECOME A REGULAR SCHOOL SYSTEM POLICY. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCHOOL INTEGRATION INCLUDE SUGGESTIONS THAT EXPERIMENTAL METROPOLITAN SCHOOL PARKS BE ESTABLISHED AND THAT THERE BE BETTER RACIAL BALANCE OF STUDENTS AND FACULTIES IN EXISTING SCHOOLS. IT IS ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THERE BE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS WHICH WOULD OFFER SERVICES BASED ON NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDS AND THAT TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS OF INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS SHOULD BE LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR CURRICULUM REDEVELOPMENT. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ALSO MADE FOR CHANGES IN STAFFING PRACTICES, BUDGET POLICIES, PUPIL AND WELFARE SERVICES, AND VOCATIONAL, ADULT, AND CONTINUING EDUCATION, AMONG OTHERS. (LB)
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA