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Prince Georges County Public Schools Board Approves Community School Policy with Leadership from Board Member and Coalition Policy Director Mary Kingston Roche

Prince George’s County, MD, one of the 25 largest school districts in the country, on June 7 approved a policy promoting community schools for its 130,000 student school system. The policy is a culmination of a collaborative effort among Board members, the teacher union, community members, and the administration. Read More >

Calling All Community School Coordinators, Initiative Leaders, and Community Partners

As a leader and champion for education and equity in your community, you understand the social context of your work better than anyone. But, do you have the skills and confidence to communicate with policymakers about the conditions for successful schools and communities? Read More >

Congress stands up for children and families in 2018 budget

After a series of short-term budget deals to keep the federal government open, Congress passed a final spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018 on March 23 that increases funding for several programs supporting children and families. Read More >

Contact your Members of Congress to Protect Programs that Support Community Schools for FY 2018

By December 8, Congress will need to pass a final budget for FY 2018 until then we are operating under a Continuing Resolution which keeps programs level-funded until a final budget is passed. Read More >

Philadelphia Community School Initiative adds two additional sites

An elementary school and high school will join the city initiative; providing many resources to the students including food, clothing, job connections, counseling, and adult education, among other things. Read More >

Tuscon Community School Initiative receives funding through grants

The Tuscon Community School Initiative will fund the program with Grants for the next three years and allow the addition of two community schools. Read More >

Sun Prairie Community Schools receives grant that allows them to bring more resources into schools

The grant awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will allow them to increase afterschool academic, enrichment, and recreation opportunities for students and enrichment opportunities for adults in the community. Read More >

New York City initiative leader talks about the city's commitment to community schools

Chris Caruso is the executive director of New York City’s community schools program. In this article he discusses New York City's commitment and approach to implementing community schools. Read More >

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 >

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 >

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