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Learning Payoff Found for 'City Connects' Program

"By the start of middle school, The Afterschool Corp. estimates that children in poverty have received 6,000 fewer hours of learning outside of school—both enrichment and support—than their middle-income peers." City Connects in Boston, is changing the tide for those students. They are connecting them to enrichment activites in their local communities, and those connections are helping students make academic gains. Read More >

Press Release: Dozens of Congressional and Executive Branch Staff Travel to Baltimore to Study Community Schools

On Monday, October 6, over thirty Congressional and executive branch staff along with Coalition national partners will spend a day in Baltimore, MD learning about the city’s community schools initiative. Participants represent members of Congress on the House and Senate education and appropriations committees as well as four federal agencies. The study tour is co-hosted by the Coalition for Community Schools, Family League of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Elev8 Baltimore. Read More >

‘Dems for Public Ed’ Releases Poll Showing Overwhelming Support for Public Schools

"Today, Democrats For Public Education (DPE) released the results of a national voter survey recently commissioned on public schools and public education. Conducted by Harstad Strategic Research – a Colorado-based firm which worked on President Barack Obama’s 2008 election and 2012 re-election – this poll shows how voters back public education in large numbers." Read More >

Cincinnati School is Hub for Price Hill Community

"By partnering with community organizations Roberts Academy Community Learning Center (Cincinnati, OH) strives to meet family, student and community needs. From english classes for newly arrived immigrants, to a farm stand providing fresh produce, to adopt-a-class partnerships, along with many other services Roberts Academy provides supports for the whole community." Check out this AFT video lifting up the work at Roberts. Read More >

Promoting Excellence for All - Wisconsin Spotlight

"One of Wisconsin’s greatest strengths is the growing diversity of communities, schools, and workplaces. Diversity makes businesses more innovative and competitive, and a more diverse workforce leads to economic growth, opportunities, and progress." With this in mind, check out why Wisconsin superintendent's achievement gap commission recommends community schools. Read More >

Scaling Up Community Schools in NYC

The Children’s Aid Society recently released a thorough guide to help NYC stakeholders build a scaled up community school strategy. Mayor de Blasio has been an advocate for more community schools and has backed up his support with historic levels of resources to support 52 new community schools. Communities scaling up their initiatives will find the new NYC guide, along with other resources such as the Coalition’s Scaling Up School and Community Partnerships Guide, very useful. Read More >

"A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing"

In this NY TImes opinion, Particial Leigh Brown, lifts up the EMS Corps. Spearheaded by Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, a Coalition partner, the program is set up to train young men of color to be qualified emergency medical technicians. Coming from violent neighborhoods, these young men now have the opportunity to heal those around them and create new opportunities for themselves and their communities. Read More >

BLOG - Bricks and Mortar: Community Schools as an Essential Facilities Strategy

School buildings communicate important messages to our children, their families, the community, and the educators and personnel that work there. A school's physical appearance speaks to people about the value our society places on education and on the role of the school in the community. Too often, our urban school facilities send the wrong messages. To learn more, check out this blog from IEL staff, Reuben Jacobson and Helen Janc Malone. Read More >

Webinar - Choice Neighborhoods: Placing School Improvements and Student Achievement at the Center of Neighborhood Revitalization

Coalition for Community Schools staff worked with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and HUD to prepare a technical assistance brief on the education component of the Seattle Choice neighborhoods. This work is an excellent example of how higher education institutions can work with schools and other partners like housing authorities to develop what the community schools movement calls university-assisted community schools. Please join us, September 24th 1 PM EDT for this webinar! Read More >

New Legislation Calls for Strong School-Community Partnerships to Strengthen Student Achievement

We are excited to announce that yesterday Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced one of the Coalition’s key bills, the DIPLOMA Act. The bill would provide block grants to states to develop a framework for child and youth outcomes that take into account several factors beyond academics, and create the infrastructure to develop community schools. Please see our press release here and email Mary at if you would like to sign on your organization in support of the bill. Read More >

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