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Salt Lake City - $5 Million Grant to Further Reach of United Way's Community School Initiative

“This investment will truly change the trajectory for hundreds, if not thousands of low-income, at-risk children,” said Deborah Bayle, president and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake. The Denver-based Daniels Fund awarded a $5 million grant, for five years, to the United Way of Salt Lake. The money will be used to support improving student outcomes and for the expansion of community schools. Read More >

Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Re-Elects Sumpter as President

After re-electing Thomas Sumpter as the President of the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, the board heard a presentation suggesting community schools as an option for Pittsburgh school improvement. Rachel Canning, internal and community organizing director for the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers educated the board on undeniable benefits of school and community partnership. Read More >

Chronic Absenteeism, Poverty and How Community Schools Can Help

Nicole Mader, Education Policy Analyst at the Center for NYC Affairs at the New School, highlights the new report: Building a Better Picture of Poverty: What Chronic Absenteeism and Risk Load Reveal About NYC's Lowest-Income Elementary Schools. She explains, “For new and developing community schools, turning the dial down on chronic absenteeism can be a proving ground for more systemic, community-level change… [it] is building the essential foundation needed to achieve more far-reaching goals." Read More >

Oklahoma City District’s First Community School is a Big Hit with Parents

“I think parents see a difference in the education their kids are getting…I think they see support for their families. They’re not an island, they’re part of a village.” said Kelly Pearson, a parent, former teacher and leader in bringing the Community School model to Oklahoma City. Pearson’s remarks are one of a chorus of pleased parents after the successful implementation of Oklahoma City’s David R. Lopez Community School, the first of its kind in the area. Read More >

Expanding Program Links Students to Social Services

This Chalkbeat article follows the story of Marianna Merritt the site coordinator at Warner Elementary school in East Nashville, TN, as well as the students she serves. Like many community schools, Warner serves students of diverse backgrounds, each struggling with different challenges to their educational success. While giving an overview of many arguments for and against community schools, this article highlights the successes not only at Warner Elementary, but across the movement itself. Read More >

Re-connecting Youth to Opportunity: ED Announces the Performance Partnership Pilots Program

Community Schools are already creatively crossing systems to create new opportunities for our most disconnected youth to achieve better outcomes. With this work in mind, we encourage you to apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies for achieving significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. Read More >

Community Schools: Supporting Students in Baltimore

Last month, a group of more than 30 staff from various congressional offices and federal departments traveled to Baltimore to see community schools in action. Visiting three schools (Patterson High School, Fort Worthington Elementary School, and Tench Tilghman), participants explored how schools across Baltimore are thinking strategically and working together as part of the Baltimore City Community Schools Initiative. Read More >

Weingarten on Community Schools

The American Federation for Teacher's President, Randi Weingarten praised New York Mayor de Blasio's commitment to Community Schools saying, "I think it's audacious, I think it's terrific." Read More >

Why People Are ‘Walking-In’ For Public Schools

Jeff Bryant of the Education Opportunity Network highlights why folks around the country are standing up and rallying for Community Schools. Actions throughout the week have been lifting up the power of this movement. As Bryant states, "Today’s nationwide walk-ins should be a call to all Americans to demand our leaders abandon current public education policies and begin implementing what would truly represent a more positive direction forward." Read More >

Demonstrators Rally in Pittsburgh to Support Community Schools Across U.S.

"Great Public Schools Pittsburgh today rallied in favor of community schools outside the headquarters of Pittsburgh Public Schools in Oakland, one of about 15 such demonstrations across the country," explains Eleanor Chute of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Joining forces and taking action, those who rallied emphasized how community schools stabilize communities and go beyond the "status quo." Read More >

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