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Community schools provide a solution to the education reform divide

There is a better way to create real change in public education. The evidenced-based community school stragety demands that education and community leaders work together with students and their families, ensuring leaders at the grassroots and grasstops listen and learn from one another and struggle together for better results. Read More >

Community school framework allows a school that serves mostly homeless kids to match its district’s graduation rate

The students at Broome Street Charter Academy are some of New York City's neediest teens, facing many life situations that get in the way of classwork. However, last year 72.4 percent of students who arrived in 2012 as freshmen graduated on time, nearly matching the city's four-year graduation rate of 72.6 percent. This is largely due to the community school strategy Broome Street embraces. Read More >

Chris Caruso on New York City's community school expansion

The executive director of New York City’s community schools program, Caruso is responsible for delivering on one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s core education promises: rapidly transforming hundreds of schools into community hubs with extra social services, additional learning time — and even washing machines. Read More >

Huffington Post: Creating more space for preventive care in schools

Children living in historically underserved communities, both in urban and rural areas, arrive to school with medical and behavioral needs that are often left unaddressed. Read More >

House Subcommittee funds federal after-school program

The Subcommittee of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved $1 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the federal after-school program that serves 1.6 million children across the nation. Read More >

Education Week: As schools tackle poverty, attendance goes up

Nearly three years later, the results at P.S. 123, with its 530 students, offer a small window into what the city’s larger initiative is seeing: an increase in student attendance and family participation in school activities, and a drop in chronic absenteeism, Read More >

Health Comes First in North Philadelphia Schools

Gov. Tom Wolf is allocating 1.5 million to North Philadelphia schools for a health initiative that will connect the schools to local children’s health services. Read More >

Huffington Post: Community Schools - The Solution to Education Reform Design

The Trump Administration’s education agenda endangers our public schools. Proposed budget cuts and investments in vouchers would harm communities’ capacity to educate our children and youth. Read More >

Philadelphia community schools awarded funding for health initiative

Pennsylvania Governer Tom Wolf awarded North Philadelphia community schools $1.5 million for a pilot health program seeking to improve health, attendance and academics at 4 elementary schools. Read More >

El Paso School District plans to expand community school initiative

The district has been partnering with non-profits organizations allowing them to provide resources within schools walls. This is currently happening in 4 schools, but Superintendent Juan Cabrera says they are looking to expand the initiative to the east side of the city. Read More >

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