ERIC Number: ED458329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-29
Reference Count: N/A
Shades of Gray. 2000 & Beyond: The Changing Face of American Schools.
Education Week, v20 n13 Nov 29 2000
This issue, the fourth in a series on demographic forces shaping U.S. public education, discusses how the aging of the population affects education. The first section, "Shades of Gray," discusses how as the population ages, schools may face tougher competition for public resources, noting how tensions have surfaced in one Florida county. It examines reasons for older Americans' reluctance to pay taxes and impact fees related to education. Some school leaders hope to persuade more retirees to volunteer in the classroom, both to help students and to bolster community support for public schools. Conflict over how to finance public education fairly could become even fiercer in the coming decades as the proportion of elderly residents on fixed incomes climbs in many communities. On any issue, particularly the school funding issue, older voters are hard to ignore because of their propensity to cast ballots in proportionally higher numbers than any other age group. The question for the future may be how the baby boomers will see things once they enter old age. The second section of the report, "Rethinking Retirement," discusses people who begin to teach after retirement or who remain in teaching after they are eligible for retirement. (SM)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Baby Boomers, Community Involvement, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Older Adults, Older Workers, Public Education, Retirement, Volunteers, Voting
For full text: http://www.edweek.org/sreports/special_reports_fullULlist.html.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Editorial Projects in Education, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Florida