ERIC Number: ED479731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Using Public Schools as Community-Development Tools: Strategies for Community-Based Developers.
This paper explores the use of public schools as tools for community and economic development. As major place-based infrastructure and an integral part of the community fabric, public schools can have a profound impact on the social, economic, and physical character of a neighborhood.Addressing public schools, therefore, is a good point of entry for community-based developers to place their work in a comprehensive community-development context. The paper examines ways in which community-based developers can learn from, as well as contribute to, current community-based efforts, particularly in disinvested urban areas, to reinforce the link between public schools and neighborhoods. Furthermore, the paper considers the policy implications of including public schools in comprehensive development strategies, and asserts that reinforcing the link between public schools and neighborhoods is not only good education policy, but also good community-development policy and practice. An appendix presents contact information for organizations participating in school and community linkages. (Author/SM)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Neighborhoods, Public Policy, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Urban Schools
Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University, 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02128. Tel: 617-495-7908; Web site: http://www.jchs.harvard.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.