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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 >

"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 >

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