ERIC Number: ED411353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Redesigning the Urban School District.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
In May 1996, the Education Commission of the United States, with the support of the Charles A. Dana Foundation, convened a 2-day meeting in Austin (Texas) to focus on urban school district reform and restructuring. Participants, who included state policymakers, superintendents of several urban school systems, and a number of education researchers and scholars, assessed the progress of efforts to redesign urban school systems and worked to develop new approaches to the this complex task. To date, not a single large urban school system has proved capable of transforming itself fully. Even the most highly publicized and well-regarded reforms have yielded only minimal results. However, meeting participants identified a number of encouraging developments. These signs of positive change included: (1) recognition by policymakers, elected officials, educators, and the public of the importance and urgency of improving urban schools' performance; (2) increased receptivity to bolder and more comprehensive approaches to redesigning urban districts; (3) a growing array of innovative programs, models, and strategies that are beginning to show results in terms of school quality and student achievement; and (4) external pressure for change that is coming from the charter school and voucher movements and state-level interventions such as privatization, district takeovers, and decentralization. After a brief look at some of these promising approaches, the report concludes with an in-depth look at three urban school districts--Baltimore (Maryland), Chicago (Illinois), and Minneapolis (Minnesota)--where restructuring efforts are among the most creative in the nation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charter Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Policy Formation, Public Schools, School District Size, School Restructuring, Urban Education, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles A. Dana Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.