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Testimony Regarding the FY2018 Education Expense Plan

United Federation of Teachers Vice President of Special Education Carmen Alvarez testifies before the New York City Council Committee on Education on the FY2018 education expense plan. During her testimony, she talks about protecting public schools, investing in community schools, and advocating for many different programs in New York. Read More >

New York Awards $78 Million to Support School Initiatives

New York State is directing more than $78 million towards programs meant to expand the role of schools in their student's lives. Community schools in the state could see an impact because of this. Read More >

Afterschool does work

The evidence is clear: 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the country help our students reach their full potential and improves student achievement. Read More >

Breakdowns by State of the Funding Schools Receive for Medicaid

Breakdowns by state of the funding schools receive for Medicaid. Read More >

Community schools formally added to Baltimore schools portfolio

The Baltimore city school board approved a policy on October 24, 2016 that will formally add "community schools" which for years have been providing intensive wraparound services to city students – to the district's portfolio. The policy, which advocates have championed for years, creates a definition of the model and a framework for how they should run in the city. The policy also codifies the formal application process to operate under the designation and sets up a citywide steering committee Read More >

Can Community Schools Alleviate the Challenges of School Schedules on Working Parents?

The Center for American Progress analyzed the ways school schedules make it difficult for parents to balance being a committed parent and committed worker. The research found that misaligned school schedules cost the economy a lot of money. Some suggestions offered to make school schedules reflect work hours, are to get more funding for a longer school day and implement programs such as university-assisted community schools. Read More >

Community Schools Help Afterschool Work Flourish

An After School today article discusses the increased need to make afterschool a crucial part of a student’s education. Community schools offer a solution to this problem by bringing together families, the community and educators to motivate and engage students. Every community school addresses the individual needs of students with expanded learning opportunities and after school programs. Read More >

Randi Weingarten talks community schools in Washington Post interview

C.M Rubin, author of “The Global Search for Education” and “How Will we Read?” interviewed six people about what they would do if they were appointed the new Secretary of Education. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was among those six people. During her interview, she discussed the current state of education and the importance of having a greater support for community schools. Read More >

US News- Extending the school year may not be the answer to helping students succeed

Due to the lack of traditional learning during the summer for students, some schools are working together to extend classroom time. Unfortunately extending the school year into summer vacation is not completely realistic and studies show that it will not improve the well-being of the student. Instead, schools must implement an approach that addresses the needs of these students, such as educational summer programs, longer school days, or year-round schools that include more breaks. Read More >

Randi Weingarten- Extending the school year is a temporary fix for a larger problem

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, discusses the challenges schools face in combatting summer learning loss. She stresses that simply extending the school year or school day is not an effective option as proven by several initiatives throughout the country. Randi highlights the importance of working with members of the community to create a solution that adequately addresses students’ needs. Read More >

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