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Senate Education Committee Discusses the Unmet Needs of Struggling Students

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions discussed the importance of teacher quality and school leadership at its second hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Testimonies came from a teacher, both a district and state superintendent, as well as an educational researcher. These speakers emphasized the challenges students face and the role that local leadership can play in promoting student academic achievement. Read More >

Teacher Tells Congress: ‘We Simply Cannot Ignore the Stunning Impact of Income Inequality and High Child Poverty’

Katrina Kirkbush, a teacher at Baltimore’s Wolfe Street Academy, advocated before the U.S House of Representatives’ committee on education on behalf of community schools. Kirkbush championed community schools as Congress’s best shot to support the social and emotional needs of students from impoverished communities. Her school is proof that when a school addresses such barriers, the results are crystal clear. Read More >

Suzette Jefferson: Community Schools are what Dallas ISD Needs

Community Schools are just what the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) needs. Suzette Jefferson, a parent organizer with the Texas Organizing Project, made this claim in support of the inception of community schools to address the many challenges facing the district. Jefferson believes that community school’s holistic approach can better support the district’s students, families, and greater communities. The DISD serves over 160,000 students across 224 schools. Read More >

PRESS RELEASE - Over Forty National Organizations Call for Community School Principles in ESEA

The Coalition for Community Schools is grateful for the support of 44 national organizations that have signed on to our recommendations for a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). These organizations span education, health, youth development, and civil rights and include the AFT, AASA, National League of Cities, Opportunity Action, First Focus Campaign for Children, and National PTA, reflecting the large scope of organizations in support of community school principles. Read More >

PA Governor Appoints SDoL Superintendent to Top Education Post

School District of Lancaster superintendent Pedro Rivera was tapped by new Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to serve as secretary of education. As Lancaster's superintendent since 2008, the district has seen improving graduation rates, gains in state assessment scores and increased its fund balance from $4 million to $9 million. Gov. Wolf looks “forward to working with him to adequately and fairly fund our schools, which are the foundation to a sustainable, long-term economy in Pennsylvania." Read More >

Time for Equity: Expanding Access to Learning

On Thursday, January 22, the Annenberg Institute released the next issue of their national, quarterly journal "Voices in Urban Education, entitled "Time for Equity: Expanding Access to Learning." The entire publication is focused on the reinvention of educational time to ensure equitable access to rich learning opportunities for all young people, particularly those in high poverty communities. Read More >

Young People Must Know Their Own History

Martin Blank, Director of the Coalition for Community Schools asks, “Do our young people know about our own nation's history, particularly how our society has responded to marginalized groups?" in his most recent Huffington Post Blog. Read as he challenges you to talk about your history and how schools must step up help young people understand their own stories and what they mean. Read More >

Community is Key to Success - Moving Texas Forward

With more money in the pot this year, Texas has the opportunity to refocus and add funds to education. Noel Candelaria, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, suggests community schools stating, [they] allow educators, parents and community [partners] to develop effective programs for governing and supporting local schools… when [we] work together, we have something much better than reform. We have neighborhood schools that offer opportunity and a better future for our children.” Read More >

Assessing the Evidence for Integrated Student Supports

Closing educational gaps are central to increasing opportunity. Integrated student supports (ISS) is one promising approach for promoting academic success that is taking hold in communities across the country. Our friends at Child Trends did a comprehensive examination of the research and evidence base for ISS, and its potential to help a range of disadvantaged, marginalized, or struggling students. Read More >

Minnesota Education Advocates Seek More State Money

As Minnesota’s Capitol reopens on Tuesday, advocates are calling for more money for education. One wish on their list – community schools. “Basically, what full-service community school does is help me the teacher meet the needs of students so I can focus on teaching,” Denise Specht, Education Minnesota president, said. Read More >

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