ERIC Number: ED396060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Urban School Enrollment: Twenty Year Trends.
Casserly, Michael; And Others
Urban Indicator, v1 n1 Jul 1993
Enrollments in city public schools over the last 20 years are reviewed and analyzed. Enrollment in the member cities of the Great City Schools (GCS) declined at twice the national rate between 1970 and 1990, at 23.1% versus 10.2%. The composition of urban school enrollment also changed dramatically. The Anglo American share of GCS enrollment between 1970 and 1990 decreased from 48.5% to 23.5%, and by 1990, more than 75% of GCS students were children of color, with more than half of those attending GCS schools eligible for free or reduced lunches. The GCS school systems educate a disproportionate share of the nation's new immigrants and language minorities. In 1990, more than one third of all students with limited English proficiency attended GCS schools. The changing demographics of urban enrollment places many burdens on urban school systems, including demands for preschool education, enhanced instruction, bilingual education, and social services. America cannot be competitive in a global society unless urban children are afforded education and access to the American dream. (Contains five charts and eight references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Equal Education, Immigrants, Limited English Speaking, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Public Schools, Racial Composition, School Demography, Social Services, Trend Analysis, Urban Schools
Council of the Great City Schools, 1413 K Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.