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Educators in the nation's urban schools are grappling with concerns that differ markedly from those of school leaders across the country, according to a report by the Council of the Great City Schools.

The report, titled "Critical Educational Trends: A Poll of America's Urban Schools,'' is based on an August 1993 survey of the council's leadership. The council's members include superintendents and school board members of large urban districts.

The contrast in issues facing urban educators was evident when the survey results were compared with a 1993 Phi Delta Kappan national survey on needs assessment. For example, 82.7 percent of urban school leaders cited violence and gang-related activity as their top concern, while only 18 percent of educators over all said that was their number-one issue.

Urban educators "must deal not only with the problems that pertain to education solely but also must cope with the effects of poverty and other social ills,'' said Cecilia Ottinger, the research director for the council's report.

Big-city educators also reported that districtwide reform in some form is being implemented in all urban districts and that most districts had declining local revenues in the past school year.

Copies of the report are available for $7 each, prepaid, from the Council of the Great City Schools, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 702, Washington, D.C. 20004; (202) 393-2427.

Vol. 13, Issue 31

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