ERIC Number: ED186519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
A Summary Report on the PTA in the Urban Context: The Urban Education Project, Phase I.
National PTA, Chicago, IL.
This report summarizes the major results of Phase I of the National PTA's Urban Education Project. The project goal was to identify urban school and community problems, to focus national attention on them, and to develop new approaches to resolving them. Public hearings in six major cities and a national conference were held to accomplish this goal. Critical problems identified were: (1) inadequate public financing of education; (2) lack of parental or community involvement in schools; (3) low academic achievement and poor student performance; (4) inability of schools to meet diverse student needs; (5) general unemployment/youth unemployment; (6) negative public attitudes about public education; (7) financial overburden of urban school districts; (8) general violence in schools and communities; and (9) the tie between discipline and preparation of teachers. In order to resolve these problems the PTA Urban Advisory Task Force sought to facilitate the building of coalitions of local, state, and national organizations. An action plan was formulated to include issues around which coalitions should be built, strategies that involve students and parents as change agents, ways the Urban Advisory Task Force can help, and specific techniques to assist coalitions in meeting their goals. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National PTA, Chicago, IL.