ERIC Number: ED437813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Rebuilding Our Schools Brick by Brick.
Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, Chicago, IL.
This report takes the experience of one city--Chicago, Illinois--and uses it as a detailed example of how the struggle to rebuild U.S. schools, particularly a large-scale program, has fared in the real world, highlighting the need for a federal role in helping state and local governments fix its school buildings and relieve overcrowding. Chapter One examines the connection between the quality of school facilities and learning, and how new ideas about school design may improve the quality of education provided to the nation's children. Chapters Two and Three examine Chicago's experience in repairing its school buildings and alleviating overcrowding. Chapter Four and the report's conclusion return to a national perspective to look at the extent of the school building crisis, national enrollment trends, and what state and local governments have been able to do on their own to solve their problems. Chapter Four also includes case studies on how some of the nation's fastest-growing school districts are dealing with the need to fix their schools, and the innovative financing options that have been tried around the country. Concluding comments explore the legislation proposed by the Clinton administration and alternative proposals that are currently being discussed. Appendices contain statistics on Chicago's public school system and a summary of national school construction and repair legislation. Contains 83 references and 40 endnotes. (GR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Crowding, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Legislation, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, High Schools, Problem Solving, School Construction, School Expansion
Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, 407 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1360, Chicago, IL; Tel: 312-939-7198; Fax: 312-939-7480. For full text: http://www.ncbg.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, Chicago, IL.