ERIC Number: ED450557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Historic Neighborhood Schools in the Age of Sprawl: Why Johnny Can't Walk to School.
Beaumont, Constance E.
This report examines public policy effects on historic neighborhood school expansion, renovation, and replacement needs. It addresses four basic questions: (1) Are public policies inadvertently sabotaging the very type of community-centered school that many parents and educators are calling for today? (2) Do some policies and practices promote mega-school sprawl at the expense of older neighborhoods? (3) Why can't kids walk to school anymore? and (4) How have some school districts overcome policy and other barriers to the retention and modernization of old historic schools? Included are examples of how some communities are addressing these troublesome policies, including several school renovation successes. Concluding sections provide recommendations for policy reforms to buttress neighborhood conservation and smart growth efforts that can help to retain and improve good schools that have served established neighborhoods for generations. (GR)
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Neighborhood Schools, Public Policy, School Construction
National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036; Tel: 202-588-6000; Web site: http://www.nationaltrust.org.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared with Elizabeth G. Pianca. Preface by Richard Moe. Support also given from the Turner Foundation and the Clayton Fund.