ERIC Number: ED337538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Education Confronts Changing Demographics. The Challenge to Edge Cities.
Tushnet, Naida C.
This monograph introduces a conference addressing the educational issues of the edge cities of the urban Pacific Southwest. Edge cities on the outside of urban cores (edge cities) are currently facing many of the problems formerly experienced only in urban areas. Of the 30 fastest-growing cities of over 100,000 residents in the country, 19 are edge cities in Arizona, California, and Nevada where educationally disadvantaged students (EDSs) now constitute a significant percentage of the total number of children in school. Demographic data on EDSs, family composition, poverty status, language background, mother's education, and race/ethnicity are provided for Arizona, California, and Nevada. The combination of total population growth and the great increase in the number of EDSs to be served, including those of limited proficiency in English, challenges the edge cities. Changes in family structure also affect these cities. The effects of the changes on economic productivity and political participation and community and business responses are discussed. Data on how well schools in these areas are meeting the challenges indicate that the schools are least successful with non-Anglo, poor children. The SWRL is focusing on students in the edge cities through METRO, which hopes to develop an agenda that will assist edge cities in meeting the needs of the EDSs they serve. A 66-item list of references is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Business Responsibility, Demography, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Limited English Speaking, Minority Groups, Population Growth, Poverty, Productivity, Program Development, Suburban Problems, Suburban Schools, Trend Analysis, Urban Areas, Urban Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.
Identifiers: Arizona; California; Edge Cities; Nevada