ERIC Number: ED467828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
The City-Neighborhood Schools Initiative: Who Will Teach Our Children?
Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, PA.; Alliance Organizing Project, Philadelphia, PA.
In 1990, various Philadelphia organizations embarked upon a project where each group used its skills and energies to identify and conduct research on issues in public education. Groups conducted surveys, chose topics, strategized about possible actions, and jointly adopted recommendations. Each worked individually on implementing the recommendations and enhancing the others' work. The first issue they chose was teacher shortages. This first joint report explains that the School District of Pennsylvania, currently the sixth largest district in the nation, is in the midst of a serious shortage. It has a majority of African American and Latino students, with most students coming from low income families. Increasing student enrollment, a wave of teacher retirements, and the need for smaller class size are common factors cited for the shortage. Other factors include low pay, difficult working conditions, negative public image, a cumbersome hiring processes, and residency requirements. This paper describes local and national responses that focus on improving teacher compensation, public image, hiring processes, and residency requirements. Recommendations are presented for increasing financial incentives to encourage teachers to come and teach in Philadelphia, changing the residency requirement, and improving the public image, hiring process, and residency requirement. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, PA.; Alliance Organizing Project, Philadelphia, PA.