January 8, 1998
Education Week, Vol. 17, Issue 17
Education From a Public Education to an Education in Public
Last spring, school board members from a district in Massachusetts sat down for their monthly meeting. But this time, something was different. Amid the budget items, special projects, hiring issues, and other typical topics, students were on the agenda.
Education Concentrated Poverty
The biggest challenge facing U.S. cities and their school systems is concentrated poverty. In poor neighborhoods, the deck is stacked against children from the moment they are born. The odds are higher that they will have lower-than-normal birth weights, lack access to regular medical care, live in a household headed by a single mother, become a victim of crime, have a parent who never finished high school, become pregnant before reaching adulthood, and drop out of school.