Smart Schools and Smart Growth

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- An important angle of Smart Growth is coalition-building and linking concerns between smart growth advocates and education equity and reform advocates. Cutting-edge collaborations across the country are working to break through the longtime intractable problems that held back both schools and the communities in which they serve.


At the national level, the Smart Schools Initiative of Smart Growth America has been developing common ground between the movements for smart growth and quality public education, and encouraging grassroots reform efforts. Some citizens are mobilizing at the state level to lessen local reliance on property taxes to promote education equity and reduce sprawl. Others are working to repeal state minimum acreage requirements that have fueled “school sprawl.”
Still others are promoting smaller, neighborhood-based schools that can better serve as centers of community. The session will hear about such efforts, and will include a focus on the path-breaking work of New Schools, Better Neighborhoods, which has rallied support in the state of California for smarter, more community-based school facilities.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Jonathan Weiss, Senior Counsel, SRS Technologies
* David Abel, Chairman and Founder, New Schools Better Neighborhoods
* Robert Garcia, Executive Director, The City Project
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
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