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Pittsburgh Takes Next Step Toward Implementation of Community Schools

The Pittsburgh Public School Board has decided to implement the community school strategy into its policy. Schools that will adopt the community school strategy will be chosen via an application process and an assessment of whether the schools have the capability and sustainability to implement the community school model. Supporters of this policy, including the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, believe that the impact of this model will level the playing field for Pittsburgh’s students. Read More >

Aspiring Community School Principal Featured in Local Magazine

Wendy Gonzalez, Principal of Lake Elementary School in San Pablo CA, is featured in the San Pablo Local First Summer Issue. Gonzalez is using the elements of a community school to create a more supportive environment for her students. Her ideal goal is for Lake Elementary to truly become the full definition of a community school. Read More >

Integrated Support Benefits Outweigh Costs - A New Report Shows

The Brookings Institute released a report that shows that community schools and similar approaches are beneficial in the long run, despite all of the costs that come with running a successful community school. Read More >

School-Based Health Centers: A Model for Making a Healthier, Brighter Future for Our Students

The Brookings Institute uses school-based health centers (SBHCs) as a model for the way that the health and education sectors can work together to support the health needs of students. This report addresses the issues surrounding this kind of collaborative work in health care, but it also identifies the necessary steps that SBHCs should take in order to combat these issues. Read More >

Wisconsin State Rep. Believes Community Schools Will Help Students Achieve Their Fullest Potential

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the 2015-2016 budget included a provision created by Senator Alberta Darling and Representative Kooyenga that forces the city to give control of the most underfunded schools in the district to third-party operators. Many lawmakers, teachers, and students disapproved of this takeover of public schools; and in response, during the last legislative session Wisconsin State Representative Mandela Barnes co-authored the Community Schools Act. Read More >

Pittsburgh schools board to vote on 'community schools' approach

In Pittsburgh, the public schools board is voting on the “community schools” approach and other education proposals on July 27th. Community schools was raised as a potential strategy for Pittsburgh public schools in 2013, as a way to combat the challenges the district was currently facing including financial and academic issues. School board president Regina Holley said that “the community schools model was one parents and community members asked for and one children should have access to." Read More >

Community Schools help diminish Summer Learning Loss

This article specifically highlights the Title IV section of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), called “Community Supports for Success”, which encourages partnerships between schools and communities – in essence, calling for the implementation of community schools. Learning loss is an issue facing schools all across the country, which particularly impacts disadvantaged and low-income youth. These students make up the majority of the student body in United States public schools. Read More >

Another victory for Community Schools in Milwaukee

In May, Milwaukee approved the addition of two more community schools as a part of Milwaukee’s Public School budget for 2016-2017. The Milwaukee Community School Partnership, which includes United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, announced this week that Browning Elementary and Lincoln Avenue Elementary will be the two community schools added to the existing four. The four established community schools in Milwaukee just completed their first full year of implementation in this past school year (2015-2016). Read More >

New Mexico ranks last in education, but finds hope in concept of community schools

For the third consecutive year, New Mexico ranked 49th overall for child well-being and dead last in education and childhood poverty, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Their hope is that community schools will be what the state needs to succeed. Community schools offer services such as school-based health centers, food pantries, resources for parents in need, access to social workers, and after-school and weekend programs. Read More >

Albuquerque, NM- Lynn Middle School Showcases The Community School Model

In 2013, the State of New Mexico passed a Community Schools Act that was adopted by Albuquerque Public Schools. The idea was that school facilities are often empty in the evenings and on weekends and sometimes in the summer, and it is important to see how we can use these facilities more efficiently and effectively to serve the need of the community. The Community Schools is part of Success Partnership of Doña Ana County, and Lynn Middle School was selected as the Community School Model in ALB. Read More >

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