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Knoxville Area Leaders Visit Cincy for Inspiration on Community Schools Plan

10/26/11

Reporters from the Knoxville News Sentinel in Tennessee chronicled the efforts of local leaders as they explore the possibility of establishing community schools in Knox County. The Knoxville area contingent included its county schools superintendent and 20 representatives from organizations that included United Way, Knoxville Jewish Alliance, League of Women Voters, K-Town Youth Empowerment, Project GRAD, and the Great Schools Partnership.
Together, the group visited Cincinnati to tour several of its community learning centers  (what Cincinnati has decided to call community schools). Cincinnati has successfully pulled itself out of low state academic standing after the implementation of its community learning center initiative. The district is a model urban school district and its schools now top Ohio in performance.
Knox County leaders are hoping to start the conversation on how to start their own community schools based on what they’ve learned from the Cincinnati model.
Knoxville is one example of many communities visiting and learning from Cincinnati. Most community school initiatives start by visiting successful examples. You can read more about Cincinnati’s story and learn more about starting your own community school initiative in the Scaling Up School and Community Partnerships Guide.
Read more about the Knox County visit:

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