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Washington, DC: Using schools and clinics as hubs to create healthy communities: The example of Briya/Mary’s Center

A paper published by the Brookings Institute provides an initial examination of the impact of community schools by studying Briya Public Charter School, which has an on-site Mary’s Center clinic. This partnership provides students and their families with education services along with health and social services. By examining data, the paper finds that this partnership is having a positive and significant impact on families. Read More >

Senate Bill Keeps After-School and Community Schools in ESEA

Funding for before- and after-school programs and full-service community schools grants were protected by the Senate in the reauthorization of the ESEA that passed last week. This is in stark contrast with the House of Representatives, which is seeking to cut funding for many education programs in its reauthorization bill. Read More >

Brooklyn, NY: A Chance for Renewal

Brooklyn Generation School (BGS) has dedicated teachers that focus on helping students overcome the challenges they face outside the classroom. While test scores and graduation rates do not reflect the hard work put in by the students and teachers, BGS is not under threat of being closed. Instead, Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed to improving 100 schools, including BGS, using the community schools strategy, which will allow BGS to continue supporting kids and gradually raise test scores. Read More >

Effects of Inequality and Poverty vs. Teachers and Schooling on America’s Youth

David Berliner set out to research why the recent educational reform has produced such little improvement in United States public schools. Policymakers continue to study schools to figure out how to make them better. However, results show that the problem is not inside the school, its outside. In order for schools to be improved, income inequality must first be addressed. Read More >

Growing Together, Learning Together

Interest in after school programs has been growing throughout our nation. The Wallace Foundation set out to research the challenges and opportunities that after school programs provide for students. Researchers have discovered that the essential parts to after school programs are: strong leadership from major players, coordination that fits local context, effective use of data, and a comprehensive approach to quality. Read More >

Senate Embraces Community Schools in Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

The Coalition for Community Schools is thrilled to share that two community school amendments offered by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have passed as part of the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act bill. Every Child Achieves is intended to replace No Child Left Behind. Read More >

Cincinnati, OH: Senator Brown Pushes Cincy-Modeled Education Program

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) recently pushed for the full-service community schools amendment that would allow education officials to provide local schools with grants to fund the implementation of the full service community schools strategy. The amendment was passed 53-44 and will be part of the bipartisan bill that will take the place of No Child Left Behind. Read More >

Community Schools on the Rise in Two Cities

In search to find ways to better support students, AFT members have recently discovered the effectiveness of joining unions and communities to provide resources and supports for kids. Two cities, Austin, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland, have been particularly successful in implementing the community school strategies into their cities’ schools. Read More >

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework Webinar

The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) recently released a report funded by the Wallace Foundation on how non-cognitive factors influence students’ performance in school. Join the Afterschool Alliance as they host a webinar that will explore the challenges students face outside the classroom that heavily influence their academics. The webinar will be held on July 23 at 2:00 PM EDT. Read More >

Paterson Schools get $500,000 for Full Service Community Schools, Pascrell

Paterson Schools recently received a grant from the US Department of Education to fund the implementation of the community school strategy into their public schools. Through this grant, more students will have the opportunity to attend schools with in-school medical, dental, and mental clinics. The district hopes to provide outside services to as many students as possible in the upcoming years through the implementation of community schools. Read More >

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