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NEA Today Commends the Positive Impact of Community Schools

Cindy Long, writer for NEA Today, sheds light on the struggles that students face in life and in school and the positive impacts that community schools can have on lives of students. Long highlights the incredible impacts that partner organizations can have on the community and the importance of the role of the community school coordinator through the stories of partners and the coordinator in the Lehigh Valley community schools. Read More >

NY Times- Professor David Kirp Praises Community Schools

Morris Academy, a community school in the Bronx, is a stark contrast to similar high schools in the area. David Kirp, a professor at the University of California-Berkley, highlights some of the progress that Morris Academy has made in just a few short years, calling it “another world”, and the achievements of other programs in the Northeast, like City Connects, which have helped cut the achievement gap in Massachusetts in half. Read More >

Dallas ISD Changes Location of Pilot Community School

After seeing success of the community school strategy in Austin, Dallas ISD decided to pilot the community school strategy at Dunbar Learning Center, “which had been placed on the state’s list of failing school in the 2014-2015 school year”. However, a last minute decision by Stephanie Elizalde, the chief of school leadership, changed the location of the pilot program from Dunbar to John Neely Bryan Elementary School. Read More >

Education Week Blogger Applauds Impacts of Community School Strategy

Walt Gardner, author Education Week’s blog, Walt Gardner’s Reality Check, praised the efforts of and the impacts that community schools have made, particularly the Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies in New York City. Read More >

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 >

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