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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 >

"My Community School is Awesome" - Sponsored by the Chicago Federation for Community Schools

Vote for your favorite "My Community School is Awesome" video entry! Read More >

Video: AFT Rallies for $10 Million More for Baltimore Community Schools

Speaking about her beloved community school in Baltimore, 7th grader Chelsea Gimler passionately stated that “It makes our communities better, it makes our children better, and it will make our generation better as a whole”. Gimler’s statement was just one of many highlighted in a video released by AFT demanding $10 million to continue and expand the thriving Baltimore community schools initiative. Read More >

Honduran Youth Finds Welcome Mat at Oakland School Designed for Immigrants

Follow the story of Lester, one of some 45,000 undocumented children new to the United States, as he attends Oakland International, a community school. For Lester, the cohesive and integrative community school model makes United States citizenship a realistic goal. The Oakland International Resource Coordinator’s newest job is to find dozens of immigration lawyers to take on the cases of these children, in order to fight for their chance of a successful, safe and productive life. Read More >

It Takes a Village: Educators, Unions Rally for Continued Funding of Community Schools

Educators, students, organizers, union officials, students, and others gathered in front of Baltimore's City Hall on Oct. 21. Organized by the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU), Maryland Communities United, Center for Popular Democracy, and AFT-Maryland, rally participants joined together to support the continued funding of the City's 48 community schools and seeked expansion for them across the city. Read More >

Press Release: New York City Mayor Announces $150 Million Investment to Convert Lowest-Performing Schools Into Community Schools

Mayor de Blasio has been an advocate for more community schools and has backed up his support with historic levels of resources to support 40 new community schools – and now he’s taking his support of community schools to another level. He announced that 94 of the city’s struggling schools will be getting the Community School makeover. Committing over $150 million, de Blasio is making a point – he believes in community schools! Read More >

Helping Children from Low-Income Families Succeed in Class

“There are six grantees (at 11 schools) operating Community School partnerships in the District, but the model should be expanded to all high-poverty schools,” says Jenny Reed and Soumya Bhat of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute in their Washington Post Opinion. They offer many suggestions for helping low-income students succeed in school – all of which are part of the community schools strategy. Read More >

CEOSE: Recommendation for a Bold New Initiative for Broadening Participation

The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), in its newest report, recommends that the "NSF should implement a bold new initiative, focused on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM ….” We are especially excited that the report explicitly calls, in effect, for an anchor institutions approach, involving higher education-school-community partnerships as a means for broadening participation for all groups across all levels of schooling. Read More >

PRESS RELEASE: My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge and Community Schools

The Coalition for Community Schools applauds President Obama for his announcement of the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. We strongly encourage the leaders that make up our network of community school initiatives including mayors, county executives, and community partners to accept the President’s challenge. Already, the executives of over 100 places, many of them cities and counties with robust community school initiatives, have accepted the challenge. Read More >

Video: Kansas City Public Schools Revamps Approach to Early Childhood Education

“Just two years ago, the district was on the verge of losing its federal Head Start grant… since then, the district has worked to reinvent its approach to early childhood education.” Today, almost 700 Head Start students will attend one of two early learning community schools, with embedded social services and community supports” This represents some of the best of what can happen what efforts to provide high quality early learning experiences are connected to the community school vision. Read More >

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