Council of the Great City Schools

The Nation's Voice for Urban Education

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Fact Sheet

The Council of the Great City Schools is the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools. Composed of 69 large city school districts, its mission is to promote the cause of urban schools and to advocate for inner-city students through legislation, research and media relations. The organization also provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information, and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth.

Total number of students served by Council member district schools:  7.3 million

Student enrollment characteristics:

40% - Hispanic                                 17% - English Language Learners
29% - African American                   70% - Eligible for free/reduced price lunch
20% - White                                     14% - Students with Individualized Education Programs
8% - Asian/Pacific Islander              1% - Alaskan/Native American

Member districts: Albuquerque, Anchorage, Arlington (Texas), Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Bridgeport, Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale), Buffalo, Charleston County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Chicago, Cincinnati, Clark County (Las Vegas), Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Duval County (Jacksonville), El Paso, Fort Worth, Fresno, Guilford County (Greensboro, N.C.), Hawaii, Hillsborough County (Tampa), Houston, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jefferson County (Louisville), Kansas City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Newark, Norfolk, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orange County (Orlando), Palm Beach County, Philadelphia, Pinellas County, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shelby County (Memphis), St. Louis, St. Paul, Toledo, Tulsa, Washington, D.C., and Wichita.

School districts eligible for membership must be located in cities with populations over 250,000 and student enrollments over 35,000.  School districts located in the largest city of any state are also eligible for membership, regardless of size.
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