ERIC Number: ED327630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
More Than a Vision: Real Improvements in Urban Education.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
Three fundamental changes in state focus are needed to improve urban education and prepare many more students to participate in society and the world. First, state boards of education must act upon the belief that all children can learn. Urban students need rigorous, top-quality curricula and instruction delivered by highly trained and competent teachers. When states and schools believe that only a few urban students are capable of mastering a challenging curriculum and employ tracking and ability grouping, many urban students are given a watered-down curriculum in classrooms where the main goal is discipline and order. Second, state boards of education must view students as inseparable from their families and communities. State policies must hold urban schools accountable for forming close working partnerships with families and others in the community. Many urban students will never succeed in even the best schools unless they receive assistance with nonacademic problems such as family conflicts, employment, health and others. It is not surprising that children who are hungary, neglected, or in poor health have trouble learning. More personal support and services, as well as better integration of school and community, are needed to help urban students and families to become better educated and better skilled. Third, state boards of education must aggressively pursue strategies that provide additional resources to urban schools, and many urban districts must spend additional money in order to improve. In many instances, property taxes do not provide adequate funding for improvements. State boards should encourage shifts in resource allocation from property taxes to other state revenue sources to ensure adequate funding. Statistical data are presented in one graph. A list of 42 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.