APA Articles, Policy Guides & Reports

Planning Magazine Articles - These articles from Planning focus on collaboration between planners and public schools as well as school facility planning.

APA Policy Guides - APA has adopted Policy Guides to provide information and best practices on many topics, such as housing, homelessness, and smart growth.  Several Guides contain specific policies related to public schools.

APA Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Reports - These APA PAS Reports provide an historical perspective on how the planning profession was addressing public schools in the 1950's and 1960's.

APA's E-Book Collection was launched in 2017 and provides additional reading and historical collection materials related to public schools.  The E-Book Collection includes the proceedings of APA National Conferences going back to the first conference in 1909.

Public School Fast Facts

The Public School Fast Facts Table provides information on school facilities and school enrollment for each state.  The table also includes information on the number of counties in each state.  School district boundaries in some states are identical to the county boundaries (e.g., Maryland, Nevada, West Virginia). In most states, the number of school districts is much higher than the number of counties.  Most of the facility and enrollment numbers are based on the Fall 2015 figures from the 2017 Digest of Education Statistics (Tables 203.40, 208.40).  

Thank you to the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority for compiling this information.

 

U.S. Department of Education

School and District Navigator   The School and District Navigator is a mapping service that includes enrollment and demographic information on school districts and individual schools in every state.

Forthcoming

American Planning Association (APA)

 

APA Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Reports - These APA PAS Reports provide an historical perspective on how the planning profession was addressing public schools in the 1950's and 1960's.

  • PAS Report 36 - Planning for School Capacities and Location (March 1952)

  • PAS Report 141 - Neighborhood Boundaries (December 1960)

  • PAS Report 175 - School Site Selection (August 1963)

  • PAS Report 235 - New Physical Forms for City Schools (June 1968)

 

Planning Magazine Articles - These articles from Planning focus on collaboration between planners and public schools as well as school facility planning.

  • Planning, May 2000 - Reading, Writing, and Real Estate

  • Planning, May 2000 - Stopping School Sprawl

  • Planning, November 2011 - Why Schools Need Planners

  • Planning, October 2014 - School Support & Article Sidebar - School's In (Town), Interview with Jeffrey Vincent and Deborah McKoy

Collaboration:

School Districts and Local Governments: Partnering for Success (The Western Planner, February/March 2014)

Governance:

Who is in Charge? Considering Different Approaches to Urban School Governance (Presentation by Kenneth K. Wong, Brown University, at the December 8, 2016 Forum at Drexel University about governance of Philadelphia Public Schools)

 

Community Schools:

Community Schools: A Place-Based Approach to Education and Neighborhood Change (Brookings, November 2016)

Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools (February 2016)

Coalition for Community Schools 

National Center for Community Schools (NYC Childrens Aid Society)

A Resource Guide for Understanding Community Schools (Urban Strategies Council, October 201

 

Clarence Perry Reports:

The School as a Factor in Neighborhood Development (1914)

The Community-Used School 

​​Wider Use of of School Plant (1910)

School Siting

EPA Smart Growth School Siting Guide (December 2015).  

School Facilities

School District Master Planning: A Practical Guide to Demographics and Facilities Planning (Kelley D. Carey, 2011)

State of Our Schools (March 2016) This publication from the 21st Century School Fund, the Center for Green Schools, and the National Council on School Facilities examines the current structure of funding for K-12 capital funding on a state by state basis.

Integration

Stories of School Integration (The Century Foundation, October 2016)

A New Wave of School Integration:Districts and Charters Pursuing Socioeconomic Diversity (The Century Foundation, February 2016)

Breaking Down Barriers: Housing, Neighborhoods, and Schools of Opportunity (HUD OPDR, April 2016)

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2016 GAO Report

 

2016 Report from the Civil Rights Project: Brown at 62

Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity and Avoid Racial Isolation in Elementary and Secondary Schools (issued December 2, 2011, withdrawn by the Trump Administration on July 3, 2018)

 

History of Segregation in Public Schools

Racial Desegregation in Public Education in the United States (National Park Service, Theme Study, August 2000)

Demanding their Rights:The Latino Struggle for Education Access and Equity (Victoria-Maria MacDonald, National Park Service Theme Study)

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