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ERIC Number: ED503755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 176
Abstractor: ERIC
Preserving a Critical National Asset: "America's Disadvantaged Students and the Crisis in Faith-Based Urban Schools"
US Department of Education
On April 24, 2008, President George W. Bush convened an array of education and community stakeholders in Washington, D.C. to address the quickening disappearance of faith-based schools in America's cities. The disappearance of these schools, which have played a fundamental role in the American story of religious freedom and tolerance, community development, immigration and assimilation, is sadly impacting many disadvantaged families. For many urban parents, the moral grounding, community ethic, safe and structured environment, and academic rigor of faith-based schools are particularly prized because of the unfortunate alternatives many of these children and families face. Challenges and potential solutions for these schools are presented based on edited transcripts of panel participants (appended): (1) Opening Presentation (Karl Zinsmeister); (2) Faith-based Schools and the Common Good (Karl Zinsmeister, Charles Glenn, Joseph Viteritti, William Jeynes and Floyd Flake); (3) Speech by President George W. Bush (introduced by Aysia Mayo-Gray); (4) Practical Realities on the Ground (Jay Hein, Phylicia Lyons, Joseph O'Keefe, Vernard Gant and Virginia Walden-Ford); (5) Education Options and America's Cities (Margaret Spellings, Roy Bernardi, Steve Goldsmith and Nancy Grasmick); (6) Community Solutions (Scott Hamilton, Mary McDonald, Tom Tillapaugh, B. J. Cassin, Timothy Scully and David Zwiebel); and (7) Public Policy Options (Ray Simon, Anthony Picarello, Anthony Williams, Ronald Bowes, Lawrence Weinberg). (Contains 239 notes, 27 figures and 1 table.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: The White House, Domestic Policy Council
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A