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A Call to Curb Expansion of Charter Schools in Black Communities

Throughout DC, traditional public schools have been closing at rapid speeds, only to be replaced by fully funded charter schools. Jitu Brown, the national director of Journey for Justice Alliance, recognizes that in white, wealthy areas, charter schools are not as popular because the neighborhood schools are successful. He believes the cure is to transform traditional public schools into community schools, instead of investing in the privatization of schools. Read More >

Can Jim Kenney Bring Community Schools to Philadelphia?

Jim Kenney, democratic mayoral nominee, says that if he is elected, he will transform 25 traditional public schools into community schools. He is aware of the students’ great need for more support and wants to provide them with this support through the installation of community schools. He has seen the community schools work wonders in cities like Cincinnati and thinks they would do the same in Philly. Read More >

Poverty, Family Stress are Thwarting Student Success, Top Teachers Say

56 Teachers of the Year were recently asked to identify what the greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students was. The top teachers ranked family stress as the greatest obstacle, followed by poverty and learning and psychological problems. The teachers explained that the most important part of their job is helping students learn to cope with problems outside of school. Read More >

2015 Chicago Community Schools Fundamentals Conference

The Chicago Public Schools's Community Schools Inititaitve and National Center for Community Schools are excited to invite you to the 2015 Community Schools Fundamentals Conference on May 28-29th, 2015 in Chicago! The National Center for Community Schools is traveling to the Midwest to provide their comprehensive two-day seminar designed specifically for those new or relatively new to Community Schools. Read More >

2015 Community School Award for Excellence Winners Announced

Congratulations to our newest Awardees - Initiative: Family League of Baltimore and United Way of Salt Lake School: Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove; The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School; John Hancock College Prepatory High Schools; Social Justice Humanitas Academy; Wolfe Street Academy Read More >

Oakland to Halt School Suspensions for Willful Defiance

From now on in Oakland schools, minor infractions, such as mouthing off to a teacher or falling asleep in class, will not result in suspension. The Oakland school board unanimously voted to restrict suspension in order to encourage schools to focus on why the student is acting in a particular way. This is an attempt for Oakland to reintegrate students into the classroom instead of excluding them, for minor offenses. Read More >

Now Aiming for 200 Community Schools, City Unveils a Plan to Get There

Initially, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised the state of New York to turn 100 traditional schools into community schools by filling them with additional services to help the medical and mental health of the students and their families. Now, he has issued a new goal of creating 200 community schools by the end of 2017. He plans to set up a descriptive list of the “core elements” of community schools and implement them into new and already existing schools. Read More >

Newly Launched Brownsville ‘Community School’ to Focus on Mind, Body, and Soul

Brownsville Academy High School was one of the 40 schools selected to receive part of the grant issued by Mayor Bill de Blasio in June 2014. The school now has resources to pay attention to the overall well-being of the student, instead of just focusing on their academic achievement. The students, families, school, and community are all very excited to improve the whole community through the implementation of the community school. Read More >

Showdown: House to Vote on ‘Community Schools’ that Conflict with Texas Values

On May 13th, Texas Senate and House Representatives were scheduled to vote on House Bill 1891, known as “Relating to Texas Community Schools.” Under this bill, public schools would combine academic, health, and social services to turn schools into the “hub” of the community. The schools would partner with a community-based organization to help support the students, families, schools, and communities. If two-thirds of the House and Senate agree to pass this bill, it will take effect immediately. Read More >

Why the dispossessed riot

In the wake of last week’s Baltimore riots: an important consideration of the concept of liberty and what it means to be truly free. Is it possible for a society based on freedom to also have marked racial disparities from school discipline to the income distribution to the legal system? The article argues that to promote liberty for all, we cannot merely embrace freedom as non-interference, but as non-domination. Read More >

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