ERIC Number: ED369875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Education Trends: A Poll of America's Urban Schools.
Ottinger, Cecilia; Root, Mark
The main problems facing city school districts as recognized by urban school leaders, school boards, superintendents, and school administrators are described and forecast. Results are based on an August 1992 survey of the leadership of the Council of the Great City Schools (GCS) about enrollment trends, supply and demand of teachers, financial conditions, and school reform. In addition, leaders were asked to identify the most pressing current problems and the most likely future ones facing urban education. In the next five years, GCS schools expect an increase in enrollment at all grade levels. Most have recently experienced a net gain in numbers of teachers, and most expect an increase in the hiring of full-time teachers. District-wide reform is being implemented almost universally in urban school districts in one form or another. These reforms are accompanied by a general decline in local revenues. Leaders have voiced strong concerns about: (1) the health of urban schools and the surrounding communities, (2) parent involvement, (3) acquired immune deficiency syndrome, (4) violence, (5) the influx of immigrants, (6) school reform and educational assessment, and (7) how the public views urban education. Four figures and two tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 5 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Administrators, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Immigrants, Parent Participation, School Restructuring, Surveys, Teacher Supply and Demand, Trend Analysis, Urban Schools, Violence
Council of the Great City Schools, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 702, Washington, DC 20004.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.