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Federal Policy

As noted in our recent press release, Congress is quickly seeking to reauthorize the Elementary Secondary and Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind), and now is an especially critical time for community school stakeholders to raise their voices in support of the community school strategy.

Our Policy Agenda for 113th Congress outlines the Coalition’s plans to influence federal policy and funding to better grow and support the work of a community schools approach. The Coalition staff and our partners will use this document at the federal level to advocate for supportive policies and practices of community schools, and we encourage our state and local partners to use this document to advocate at these levels as well.

This section provides an overview our framework for reauthorizing ESEA, supportive federal legislation and guidance, as well as using federal funding for community schools. For more details on the different sections, see below:


·         ESEA Reauthorization Framework highlights recommendations for ESEA Reauthorization that reflects the best principles and practices of successful community school initiatives across the nation. Our ESEA Letter -- signed by over 40 national organizations as a pledge of support -- outlines key community schools principles as recommendations for a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 

·         Federal Legislation highlights proposed and existing federal legislation that you, as a policymaker or advocate of community schools, should support.

·         Federal Funding highlights how federal funding from across Departments of Education, and other federal agencies, can be used in implementing a comprehensive community schools strategy.

Also refer to how state and local policies have leveraged their policies to support the funding and implementation of community schools.

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