ERIC Number: ED501431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 26
White-less Public Schools in White-ful Communities: Dejected or Segregated?
Online Submission, Illinois Schools Journal v86 n2 p2-25 Spr 2008
The purpose of this paper was to explore issues in resistance to the public school system in urban communities, and in particular, Chicago, Illinois. Data from the Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) School and Citywide Reports (CPS, 2007) were analyzed to assess the disconnect between urban communities and public education. Although the city is 42% white, white students account for a mere 8.1% of its public school enrollments. In a city where only 16.6% of families and 19.6% individuals live below poverty level, over 85% of public school students come from low-income families. The predominantly black and minority schools, which make up the majority of public schools, have fewer than 50% of their students passing standardized tests at grade level. It was recommended that initiatives to reinvent a more effective urban public school system will only work if educators become better public relations agents, and make schools "less dull" places to learn.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois