ERIC Number: ED430071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
The State of the Cities, 1998.
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Development and Research.
This second annual report on the condition of U.S. cities outlines the challenges for cities if the United States is to reach its full potential in the 21st century. Data from many sources reveal three major findings: (1) cities are fiscally and economically the strongest they have been in a decade; (2) cities still face the triple threat of concentrated poverty, shrinking populations, and middle-class flight; and (3) cities face fundamental opportunity gaps in jobs, education, and housing. Urban schools are failing to prepare an alarming number of U.S. children to meet the challenges of the new high-technology economy, and minority children are paying the highest price. In addition, many urban schools have trouble recruiting and keeping teachers. Basic achievement is lagging, and there are low graduation rates in urban high schools. School violence is concentrated in large urban schools, and many urban schools are literally falling apart. Some suggestions are made for urban school reform, including linking schools and universities and improving school facilities through School Modernization Bonds. Reducing class sizes, attracting teachers, accessing the information superhighway, and expanding before- and after-school opportunities and opportunities for lifelong learning are all necessary for school improvement. An appendix contains highlights for cities from the 1999 federal budget. (Contains 20 exhibits.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Development and Research.