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Pine Hills, FL: Why ‘Community Schools’ Are Taking Root In Florida

Evans High School in Orange County quickly climbed from an F to a B rating after becoming a community school. Evans removed the barriers to learning that its students were facing, such as hunger, lack of medical care, and not being able to get to school safely. The improvements in the students and the community have spurred the development of more community schools across Florida. Read More >

Community Schools as a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented ESEA

The reauthorization of the ESEA is an opportunity for Congress to bring education policy back to its civil rights roots and address educational inequities. An important step would be to use the legislation to make it easier for schools to adopt the community school strategy, which reduces external barriers to learning and has proven to narrow the achievement gap. Read More >

Kent County, MI: State program modeled after Kent County expands to help more students stay in school

The Pathways to Potential program, modeled after the Kent Schools Services Network (KSSN), will be expanding this school year into 10 additional counties in Michigan. The program is not yet a full community school strategy, however it is a good start to creating a strategy and will help students become successful and self-sufficient. To read more, click here. Read More >

Baltimore, MD: On Time

Marcus Washington spoke with community leaders in Baltimore about the work they are doing to help the city. Julia Baez of the Family League of Baltimore and Henriette Taylor, the community school coordinator at the Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary (HSCT), discussed the impact of community schools and the ways in which this model has engaged students, improved the school climate, and increased family participation at HSCT. Read More >

The Dylann Roofs I Have Known

In the wake of the killing of nine African-Americans by Dylan Roof, Kentucky school teacher Liz Prather reflects on the important role that educators have in the fight against bigotry and hate. She outlines seven actions that all educators should agree to act on, including teaching rational thought and social justice, and engaging in conversations that pull students away from the margins of society where prejudice resides. Read More >

Lincoln, NE: CLCs have valuable role

According to Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel, Community Learning Centers are the reason Lincoln has a high graduation rate despite its high poverty rate. CLCs offer afterschool enrichment activities that engage parents in the education of their children and help students succeed, which benefits taxpayers in the long run. Officials plan to carry out further analysis into the funding and effectiveness of these sites in the coming year. Read More >

Pensacola, FL: Community schools empower people

C.A. Weis Elementary School will soon become Pensacola’s first community school. While visiting schools in New York with well-established community school models, the school leadership saw what this strategy can do for a community. They are excited to implement the strategy at their school so that they connect their students with the resources that they need. Read More >

Tallahassee, FL: Free schools to help break shackles

Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association, sees community schools as the means to help students escape poverty. This strategy has proved to be effective, one shining example is Evans high School in Orlando. Another community leader, Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll, has also voiced his support for this strategy and encourages other communities to adopt this approach. Read More >

Danville-Boyle County, KY: Labor force study shows work to be done

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce issued a study that showed the state’s workforce is not meeting the employment criteria set by business owners. Solutions to this problem include offering wraparound services in schools to help young people develop soft skills and other important characteristics for the job market. The Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce has already partnered with educators to get students “Work Ready.“ Read More >

Wake County, NC: Programs could help lift Wake County graduation rate

In order to reach their goal of achieving an annual graduation rate of at least 95 percent, Wake County school administrators have proposed a strategic plan that would provide wraparound services to meet students’ needs and extended learning opportunities. This includes focusing more on health and mental health needs, providing access to school meals, and more summer learning opportunities. Read More >

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