Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Council of the Great City Schools
Larry McNeal & Marie Byrd-Blake
The Council of the Great City Schools originated as a result of educators having concerns regarding the lack of an existing national organization that directly focuses attention on or solves the problems of large urban school systems. The council derived its beginning from the Research Council for the Great City Schools Improvement in 1956 at a meeting in Chicago of the superintendents of the 10 largest school districts in the United States. The superintendents joined together at that meeting to create an organization that would focus on urban education. The council was incorporated in 1961 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It has grown into a national education policy and research organization that influences urban education at the national, state, and local levels. The Council of the Great City Schools is governed by a board of directors that is composed of representatives from the various urban school districts that are ...