New Report Highlights Problems in Suburban Schools

By Andrew Pillow

Many in Ed-Reform circles have been conditioned to think that all the problems schools face are confined to the inner city, as opposed to the more “affluent” suburbs. This report, will put that notion to bed.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education or CRPE, released a report that details some of the challenges facing suburban schools.

The report, Suburban Schools: The Unrecognized Frontier in Public Education, discusses how schools in sub-urban areas are dealing with many of the same challenges as inner city schools… and even some that are unique.

One big take away is that poverty is increasing in the suburbs, and often times the services available to inner city students to combat the problems associated with poverty, are harder to come by for sub-urban students.

A brief explanation of the reports claims via says:

“Many antipoverty support services are concentrated in inner cities, and those organizations working in the suburbs must function over wider geographic areas. Additionally, poor residents often lack a means of transportation and public services are not available. Charitable regional and national foundations often focus on inner-cities and ignore the suburbs.”

The report also discussed growing populations, and English language learners.

Read more here.



Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.