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Community Schools help diminish Summer Learning Loss

This article specifically highlights the Title IV section of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), called “Community Supports for Success”, which encourages partnerships between schools and communities – in essence, calling for the implementation of community schools. Learning loss is an issue facing schools all across the country, which particularly impacts disadvantaged and low-income youth. These students make up the majority of the student body in United States public schools. Read More >

Another victory for Community Schools in Milwaukee

In May, Milwaukee approved the addition of two more community schools as a part of Milwaukee’s Public School budget for 2016-2017. The Milwaukee Community School Partnership, which includes United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, announced this week that Browning Elementary and Lincoln Avenue Elementary will be the two community schools added to the existing four. The four established community schools in Milwaukee just completed their first full year of implementation in this past school year (2015-2016). Read More >

New Mexico ranks last in education, but finds hope in concept of community schools

For the third consecutive year, New Mexico ranked 49th overall for child well-being and dead last in education and childhood poverty, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Their hope is that community schools will be what the state needs to succeed. Community schools offer services such as school-based health centers, food pantries, resources for parents in need, access to social workers, and after-school and weekend programs. Read More >

Albuquerque, NM- Lynn Middle School Showcases The Community School Model

In 2013, the State of New Mexico passed a Community Schools Act that was adopted by Albuquerque Public Schools. The idea was that school facilities are often empty in the evenings and on weekends and sometimes in the summer, and it is important to see how we can use these facilities more efficiently and effectively to serve the need of the community. The Community Schools is part of Success Partnership of Doña Ana County, and Lynn Middle School was selected as the Community School Model in ALB. Read More >

When the Turnaround Principal Leaves

After the dramatic turnaround of Malcolm X Shabazz, a struggling high school in Newark, NJ, the principal who made it all happen leaves, causing worry about whether or not the school will be able to maintain the improvements that were made. However, the new principal that comes in, Damon Holmes, comes in with an understanding of the students and school, ready to continue the path that the school is on. While connecting with the faculty and students, Holmes also wants to “elevate the building.” Read More >

Cost Estimates for Wrap-Around Services

Interest in the barriers impeding a child’s success in the classroom reached a national scale recently with the passage of ESSA including funding support for programs that provide student services, wrap-around services, and services provided by organizations in the community. However, with growing public interest in these types of programs, we need to account for costs in addition to effects. Read More >

Syracuse School District Receives Funding for Community Schools Initiative

In Syracuse, NY, the New York State Education Department announced that the Syracuse City School District will receive $10,186,478 of the $100 million Gov. Cuomo allocated to transform struggling schools into community schools in his budget this year. The idea behind community schools stems from the philosophy that students aren't going to pass state tests if their basic needs aren't met. Read More >

Buffalo Begins Community School Expansion

In Buffalo, NY, the Buffalo Public School District has begun their initiative to convert their city-schools into community schools with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony at Marva J. Daniels Futures Preparatory School. 13-city schools are being established as community schools, which is an exciting step for those who fought hardest for the initiative. Under the 2016-17 Enacted State Budget, the Buffalo School District will receive $12,524,617 to fund community schools. Read More >

New York City Community Schools Infographic

This infographics from the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice illustrates the five core elements of the New Department of Education Community Schools Policy. Through strong academics, shared leadership, community hub, transformative parent engagement, and outcomes, Community School are all equally defined to help provide all students with various resources for success. Read More >

Community Schools: Combating Absenteeism in New York

Absenteeism continuous to be a problem for schools in New York. Although the lack of school attendance is due to various reasons, P.S. 15 along with around 130 other community schools have made it a focus to create new ways to help students have better attendance. Through the help of different partners and various resources (i.e. mentorship, attendance interventions), schools have shown nearly a 5 percent decrease in chronic absenteeism. Read More >

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