URSI 100--Introduction to the City

Education in the City

Public Education as a system

Task of public schools




>family dynamics

>worker training

Coleman report (1966)

>de facto segregation

>differences in funding explain small part of differences in pupil achievement

>family background explains greater part of differences in achievement

>classmates’ background also explains significant part of achievement differences


>School financing (disparities between school systems)

>School busing (addressing de facto segregation vs. neighborhood schools)

>Bilingual education (many non-native speakers want their children to speak English)

>Competition in the system


--charter schools


Based on LEVY, J.M. 2000. Urban America: Processes & Problems. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


2003 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 1 January 06