|Title:||The Education Crisis In The Nation's Large Cities
|Author(s):||Hansen, Carl F.
|Subject(s):||Libraries and metropolitan areas
|Abstract:||More than 25 percent of the nation's children are educated in
the school systems of 52 cities of 300,000 or greater population. An
analysis of the special educational problems in the large cities is the
purpose of this paper.
Inadequacy of Fiscal Support.
In these cities, the increasing number of children to be educated
is met by a steadily diminishing flow of local tax money.
Unlike its suburban counterpart, the city tax dollar is heavily
allocated to services supporting human beings in trouble. Health,
welfare, and protection services, particularly police, take great
slices of the tax dollar pie, reducing still further the amount of money
available to build and staff schools, to supply the basic teaching tools,
such as books, visual and auditory learning aids, equipment, and to
set up the ancillary services desperately needed when children come
from deprived homes.
The lack of space for school programs, for instance, puts many
children on part-time schedules. From 1948 in the nation's capital
nearly 40,000 children attended schools on half-day schedules and
during the same period thousands of children were turned away from
public school kindergartens for the lack of room. Moreover, every
available square foot of space is used for class purposes: auditoriums,
libraries, even store rooms and shabby basement rooms.
The new programs now to be available under Federal financing
are not going to help much unless school construction is accelerated.
Library books, for example, bought with Title II money under the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act will not be used well when
there is no school library to put them in.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In H.Goldstein, ed. 1965. The changing environment for library services in the metropolitan area; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 31-November 3, 1965. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 55-63.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (12th : 1965)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1965.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16