Suburban educators be warned: Your communities and schools are likely to change significantly in the coming years. Part 2 of Education Week's series on how public education will evolve in this new century focuses on the suburbs, home to the majority of Americans, by examining two communities in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
In newer suburbs like Fayette County, Ga., enrollment is booming, and schools struggle to keep up with growth. Such areas should expect increasing diversity, demographers say, as Americans of different races and ethnic groups gain the means to purchase a piece of what is perceived as the good life.
In older suburbs, many of which already have seen dramatic demographic changes, enrollments may become more international as immigrants bypass central cities to settle in nearby communities. In DeKalb County, Ga., such a shift is challenging educators, who earlier saw enormous change as a result of school desegregation.
No matter the situation, the suburbs will change. They always have.
Vol. 20, Issue 7, Page 1Published in Print: October 18, 2000, as Remodeling Suburbia