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Newsletter 5.18

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Community Schools: Now is Our Time

December 16, 2008 Vol. V, No. 18

President-elect Barack Obama's selection of Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, as the new Secretary of Education signals a new era for community schools. For the first time the Department of Education will be led by someone who has a deep understanding of the importance of the connection between schools and their communities and has demonstrated his commitment by creating 150 community schools in Chicago. Now we need your help.

Local Media Release
Please join the Coalition in applauding the President-Elect's appointment by sending a press release to your local media. Duncan 's appointment is an important opportunity to increase the visibility of your own work. Take a look at the Coalition's media release. Also, click here to view a clip of Arne Duncan advocating for community schools.

Support Full Service Community Schools Program
Now is also the time to let your Senator and members of Congress know about the importance of providing additional support for the Full Service Community Schools program. The Coalition has sent a Letter to Congress asking for an increase in the 2009 budget to $25 million. Please send a fax to your Senators and Representatives telling them about your work and asking them to support expanded funding. You can find their fax numbers at http://www.naaop.org/docs/download_fax_numbers.asp. Please act today!

If you have questions please call or email Shital Shah at shahs@iel.org (202) 822 8405 x100.

Thanks for your help and support. We look forward to working with all of you to move our work forward in 2009. Best wishes to all for a joyous holiday season.


Coalition for Community Schools,

Marty Blank , Director
Sarah Pearson, Deputy Director
Shital Shah, Research Associate
Maame Ameyaw, Program Associate


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