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Press Release: New York City Mayor Announces $150 Million Investment to Convert Lowest-Performing Schools Into Community Schools

Mayor de Blasio has been an advocate for more community schools and has backed up his support with historic levels of resources to support 40 new community schools – and now he’s taking his support of community schools to another level. He announced that 94 of the city’s struggling schools will be getting the Community School makeover. Committing over $150 million, de Blasio is making a point – he believes in community schools! Read More >

Helping Children from Low-Income Families Succeed in Class

“There are six grantees (at 11 schools) operating Community School partnerships in the District, but the model should be expanded to all high-poverty schools,” says Jenny Reed and Soumya Bhat of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute in their Washington Post Opinion. They offer many suggestions for helping low-income students succeed in school – all of which are part of the community schools strategy. Read More >

CEOSE: Recommendation for a Bold New Initiative for Broadening Participation

The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), in its newest report, recommends that the "NSF should implement a bold new initiative, focused on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM ….” We are especially excited that the report explicitly calls, in effect, for an anchor institutions approach, involving higher education-school-community partnerships as a means for broadening participation for all groups across all levels of schooling. Read More >

PRESS RELEASE: My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge and Community Schools

The Coalition for Community Schools applauds President Obama for his announcement of the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. We strongly encourage the leaders that make up our network of community school initiatives including mayors, county executives, and community partners to accept the President’s challenge. Already, the executives of over 100 places, many of them cities and counties with robust community school initiatives, have accepted the challenge. Read More >

Video: Kansas City Public Schools Revamps Approach to Early Childhood Education

“Just two years ago, the district was on the verge of losing its federal Head Start grant… since then, the district has worked to reinvent its approach to early childhood education.” Today, almost 700 Head Start students will attend one of two early learning community schools, with embedded social services and community supports” This represents some of the best of what can happen what efforts to provide high quality early learning experiences are connected to the community school vision. Read More >

NYC Vice Mayor Tours CPS Community Learning Centers

The 34 Community Schools in Cincinnati are shining examples of efficient collaboration within previously struggling neighborhoods. These achievements have not gone unnoticed, and are receiving attention this week from NYC Deputy Mayor Buery and UFT President Mulgrew. The pair is in Cincinnati to “glean best practices” from the successful community school initiatives as New York City aims to implement several community school models in the coming years. Read More >

PRESS RELEASE: Nine Federal Full Service Community Schools Awards Announced Among a Pool of 147 Applicants

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the nine awardees of the 2014 Full Service Community Schools grants out of a pool of 147 applications. The high number of applicants despite the small number of awards available proves the continued need and demand for a comprehensive approach to student learning and development that community schools provide. Read More >

Are Community Schools the Key to Fixing Education?

Beginning with a young girl’s community school story, Thomas MacMillan presents the arguments around the current nationwide push for a holistic approach in education. With specific emphasis on the ways in which community schools are a strategy rather than sets of programs, MacMillan presents an introduction to the community schools initiative. Read More >

"Full-Service Schools More Than Places to Learn"

Brooklyn Center Community Schools are highlighted as helping Minnesota students and families to lead healthier and more community-engaged lives. Responding to skeptics, partners explain that the positive impacts of community school initiatives cannot be shown merely through test scores, but also through quality of life for students and their families. Read More >

"Time Well Spent: School District Strategies that Help Students Get the Most from Expanded Learning Time"

The Coalition's partner, Partnership for Children and Youth, recently released their newest report: "Time Well Spent: School District Strategies that Help Students Get the Most from Expanded Learning Time." In it, the non profit out of Oakland, CA "identifies characteristics of the best expanded-learning programs, based on site visits and interviews with dozens of experts, school administrators, and after-school program coordinators." Read More >

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