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VOA Special Report: Baltimore Program Tackles Roots of Unrest

Promise Heights, an academic-community partnership, has set out to help the children of Baltimore by partnering with schools and transforming them into the hub of the community. Their community schools have been wildly successful because they provide the resources necessary for their students, families and community residents that have struggled with unrest. One Promise Heights school recently received the Coalition for Community Schools' Award for Excellence for their exceptional work. Read More >

Five Social Disadvantages that Depress Student Performance

Although research has shown that social and economic situations shape cognitive and behavioral outcomes, policymakers continue to ignore the research and focus on the school and the teacher. Issues such as parenting practices, single parenthood, parents’ irregular work schedules, inadequate access to primary and preventive health care, and exposure to lead have been proven to depress student performance more dramatically than anything going on in the classroom. Read More >

Weingarten, de Blasio to announce five-city ‘compact’

On June 11 American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten announced a compact with five cities across the nation that will require more career and technical education (C.T.E.) be offered in public schools. In recent years several New York City officials have focused on creating partnerships to increase C.T.E. including former mayor Michael Bloomberg, current Mayor Bill de Blasio, and city schools chancellor Carmen Farina. Read More >

Community Schools Equity Webinar Highlighted in Education Daily

Educational equity has been strongly pursued by the Obama administration, which launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative last year. However, the Coalition for Community Schools’ recent webinar entitled Community Schools and Equity: Changing Systems discussed how community schools are also addressing problems concerning poverty, race, and family circumstances in order to foster educational equity. Read More >

Knox County expands community school program

Superintendent of Knox County Schools, Dr. Jim McIntyre, has implemented the plan of transforming three traditional schools into community schools for the 2015-16 school year. The district currently has 8 community schools. Dr. McIntyre sees the value in the program and plans to expand it throughout the county. Read More >

When a School Becomes More Than a School

YPR Radio hosts Dante de Tablan, Community Coordinator at Benjamin Franklin High School, and Julia Baez, Senior Director of Initiatives at Family League Baltimore. Benjamin Franklin and the Family League are both recipients of the 2015 Awards for Excellence, awarded by the Coalition of Community Schools. Baez and de Tablan talk about the roles they play in community schools and how they believe community schools are making a difference in Baltimore. Read More >

The Ugly Reform Mess in Newark Public Schools – by a top Newark Education Official

Since the implementation of “One Newark,” Newark’s plan to reform public education, more and more problems in schools have risen. However, Ras Baraka, Newark’s new mayor, argues that the schools aren’t failing, instead, we are failing the schools. The schools need to be changed and many think the best way to improve the schools is to transform them into community schools. Read More >

Maddox: The concept of community schools is a good one

Scott Maddox, a former mayor and current city commissioner, believes that Community Schools are a good idea. Maddox explains that combining education, health care, community services, and inviting the whole family in creates an environment that fosters greater academic achievement. Therefore, he is suggesting that a plan needs to be created to implement more community schools throughout Florida. Read More >

Oyler School Against the Odds

Since 1930, Lower Price Hill has been infected with crime, drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. The Olyer School there suffered greatly and very few students graduated. However, after the city received more funding, Cincinnati transformed Oyler into a full community school. Now, the school is open for kids from 6 weeks old, all the way to 12th grade. The school addresses all needs of the child, whether it be academic, health, or mental, the school is there to support them with various services Read More >

Baltimore Sweeps Awards for Top Community Schools

Baltimore community schools and initiative (Benjamin Franklin, Wolfe Street Academy, Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and the Family League of Baltimore) received four of the seven Awards for Excellence presented by the Coalition for Community Schools for overcoming many obstacles to learning and providing opportunities for students to succeed. These community schools have combined academic, economic, health, and mental assistance to make schools the center of their community. Read More >

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