ERIC Number: ED309218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Renewing Urban Schools: The Community Connection. Youth at Risk.
Wilensky, Rona; Kline, D. M.
The first step in the effective reform of urban education is to address the failure of the urban communities of which they are a natural and necessary outgrowth. At the heart of the problem is the inner-city community of adults that has been decimated, leaving few who are capable of responding to the need or bringing meaning and guidance to young people's lives. Because the political will does not exist to eradicate poverty through welfare state strategies, educators must develop schools that can overcome polarization along racial, social, and cultural lines. Inner-city institutions must be rebuilt through schooling in order to sustain democracy and nurture independence and self-reliance. Community schools are the perfect mechanism to prepare workers for the more democratic marketplace needed to enhance national productivity and competitiveness. While schools may be the focus of the revitalization effort, policies that address housing, health, income, child care, and economic development are essential to transforming central cities. The following incentives and opportunities are needed for the development of a new school-community relationship: (1) waive regulations and policies that impede the development of community schools; (2) increase incentive funding; and (3) empower schools to create curricula and environments appropriate to local needs in exchange for the schools' accountability for educational outcomes. A list of programs linking schools and communities and a list of 24 references are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Community Development, Community Schools, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Ghettos, High Risk Students, Public Policy, School Community Relationship, School District Autonomy, Urban Problems, Urban Renewal, Urban Schools
Education Commission of the States (ECS) Distribution Center, 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80295 ($7.50, No. AR-88-2).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.