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An Idea Whose Time Has Come—Community Schools

One of the many positives of the new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, is its inclusion of the Full-Service Community Schools program. AFT President Weingarten calls it a ‘big win’. Momentum for community schools is strong in Texas and across the nation. Legislation to promote the model passed the Texas House and had strong support in the Senate in the 2015 regular session. Local initiative growth and the federal passage will renew energy for state legislation efforts next session. Read More >

Funding for Transforming a Child’s Life With Glasses

New York committed $10 million over four years to fund vision screening in 130 additional community schools. ChildSight by partners Helen Keller International and The Children’s Aid Society provides free eyeglasses. Last year more than 6,000 students were screened and treated. Children with uncorrected vision problems often struggle in school and one in five who need glasses can’t afford them. Teachers say students whose vision has been corrected are more engaged and complete their assignments. Read More >

Ras Baraka- What It Takes To Disentangle a Child From Poverty’s Barriers

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, states that dedicated teachers are not enough to turn around school systems. In this op-ed, Baraka announces Newark's commitment to community schools and describes how the strategy will break down barriers that affect Newark's students' education. Read More >

Community School working for de Blasio's School Renewal Program

Dreamyard Preparatory School in the South Bronx is a high school serving impoverished and disabled students. Like all 94 city schools in Mayor de Blasio’s Renewal School Program, Dreamyard was transformed into a community school. Nonprofit Counseling in Schools, Inc. supports extended learning time, professional development, and internships for students. Resources increased and results are promising. The school has two years to show “demonstrable improvements” before facing state receivership. Read More >

Full-Service Community Schools: A Bipartisan Victory to Help America's Students Succeed

Read more about ESEA from Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. Read More >

New Federal Education Law Boosts Community Schools

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that President Obama signed into law today includes the Full Service Community Schools program, marking a big win for community school supporters. Read More >

Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative to Benefit Community Schools

Just before the reveal of the Chan-Zuckerberg $45 billion initiative, the foundation dispensing the gift in Newark announced $10 million would go to help develop community schools (schools that offer wraparound services for students, adults and neighborhoods) and other investments in the community including summer youth employment program and a citywide campaign to increase the proportion of college graduates in Newark. Read More >

More Community Schools Please says Education Minnesota, Lawmakers Agree to Foot the Bill

Education Minnesota union teachers demand funding to expand community schools. They cite local examples of success including Brooklyn Center High, which has used its full service community school model to increase graduation rates and reduce truancy. The Minnesota State Department of Education appropriated $500,000 in total to four school districts to pilot and develop community schools over the next two years. The union will lobby for an additional $2 million next legislative session. Read More >

Every Student Succeeds Act Preserves Full-Service Community Schools

Today the Every Student Succeeds Act Conference Report is under consideration in the House. This bill includes grant funding ($75,000/year for up to 5 years with the possibility of extensions) for Full-Service Community Schools. The Full-Service Community School model coordinates education with social services such as health care, counseling, and adult education. The integration of services makes students’ success more likely, particularly for the most vulnerable low-income communities. Read More >

District Takes on Challenges of Creating Community Schools

Hayward Unified School District is using flexibility under the Local Control Funding Formula to reform education toward community schools. Assistant Superintendent Wu-Fernandez describes the framework as “a blend of services, engagement and good core instruction” but also “a lens through which we work”. The district acknowledges that a full-service vision is costly but possible by building services based on data and identified gaps. Hayward is serving student needs through family engagement. Read More >

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