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Group Rallies for Community Schools, Finds Support from Kenney (Philadelphia)

"Several dozen parents and community members rallied Monday in Southwest Philadelphia, urging the creation of community schools. They were joined by Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, who is calling for the opening of 25 community schools in Philadelphia." Read More >

COFI and POWER-PAC’s Peace Circles

COFI and POWER-PAC’s parent-initiated model of school-based Peace Centers is now featured in a new video recently released by the City of Chicago - Mayor's Commission for a Safer Chicago. Hear the powerful stories of students, principals, teachers, and parents alike that have been transformed by these restorative justice practices – practices that are working. Read More >

Building Community and School Partnerships for Student Success

The Office of Special Programs within the West Virginia Department of Education recently released a resource guide entitled “Building Community and School Partnerships for Student Success”. The guide provides information on Community Schools, why they are effective, and how they can become a reality in West Virginia. Sections include information on community schools basics, levels of development, resources for the community schools framework, and additional technical assistance. Read More >

MPS is Improving Student Outcomes Now

Milwaukee Public Schools is creating exciting change in Wisconsin with the implementation of innovative, community school-oriented strategic action plans. The school system’s Strategic Objectives, also known as Eight Big Ideas, are focused around core principles of student achievement, family and community engagement, forward thinking ideas, and effective operations. MPS is teaming up with United Way, City Year, and a number of other community partners to make the Strategic Objectives a reality. Read More >

COALITION BLOG: ESEA Bill Approved Out of Senate Committee, With Key Community Schools Wins


In a remarkable act of bipartisanship, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved its ESEA bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, out of committee on April 16. Through the stewardship of Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA), the committee worked through over 50 amendments across three days and reached a consensus to move the bill forward. Read More >

Press Release: Community Schools Leader Appointed Illinois State Chief


The Coalition for Community Schools applauds the appointment of Anthony "Tony" Smith as the new state superintendent of education by the Illinois State Board of education. Smith is a veteran school leader whose commitment to young people and their learning and development is unique among school leaders. Read More >

Report Offers Case Study of Turnaround at J.C. Nalle Elementary in D.C.

“J.C. Nalle Elementary School was at risk of closure in 2011 because of low academic performance and flagging enrollment. Two years later, the school had the biggest math test score gains in D.C. Public Schools, with a 27 percent increase in proficiency rates.” How’d this happen? Explore how they became a community school. Read More >

Americorps pledges $5.8 M. to city’s community schools

New York City’s Community Schools will receive 300 staff volunteers and nearly $6 million all thanks to a recent pledge from Americorps, the national organization dedicated to volunteer-service. Americorps’ pledge is a two-year commitment and resources will transform the city’s 94 designated ‘Renewal Schools’ into Community Schools. Read More >

Weis School Grant Could Uplift Neighborhood

C.A Weis Elementary School has received a $75,000 grant from the University of Central Florida, and subsequent pledge from its district to develop into a Community School. Students and families would benefit from health services, extended learning opportunities, and mentoring. Weis, located in Pensacola, FL, has received lower grades on its Florida State Assessment each of the last two years and is looking to involve the community, families, and school staff in turning the school around. Read More >

Scavo to bring dental, medical services to students

An Iowa Public school system has elected to offer a full range of services for students attending Scavo High School in Des Moines. This will include on-site medical and dental care, a food pantry, mental health therapy, and employment coaching, along with other counseling options. Scavo teachers and administrators believe that these offerings will prove to be a great asset to students who live in remote areas and may have to travel as much as half a day for a routine dental cleaning. Read More >

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