District of Columbia Added to the Growing List of Community Schools
After years of community advocacy
led by DC VOICE
, a community organizing non-profit focused on education issues, the DC City Council passed the District of Columbia Community Schools Incentive Act of 2011
as part of an omnibus education bill titled Raising the Expectations for Education Outcomes Act of 2012
in March 2012. The legislation charges the Mayor to establish at least five community schools across the city. It also established a Community Schools Fund which was granted $1 million for fiscal year 2013. The legislation calls for consortia of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and one or more community partners to operate and sustain a community school.
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Read more about community schools legislation here