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Researching Poverty’s Effects on Learning

EWA panel argues for increased per-pupil educational spending based on improved outcomes from more funding on support staff and longer school years. Northwestern scholars give examples of anti-poverty programs in schools but emphasize that there are no “silver bullets” or one-school-fits-all solutions to reducing barriers. Community-based strategies generate progress despite challenging circumstances, but policymakers must not assume a quick infusion of money will show results instantly. Read More >

Ontario, CA: Closed Ontario schools may be transformed into ‘community hubs’

Karen Pitre, head of an advisory group on how to ease the way for community hubs, has proposed a system in which an Ontario school at risk of closure would not be required to be sold at fair market value if it is deemed to be in the public interest. The various uses of schools, such as daycares and clinics, could also be recognized under the new system, which would change how the school is valued. Read More >

Community Schools as a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented ESEA

The reauthorization of the ESEA is an opportunity for Congress to bring education policy back to its civil rights roots and address educational inequities. An important step would be to use the legislation to make it easier for schools to adopt the community school strategy, which reduces external barriers to learning and has proven to narrow the achievement gap. Read More >

Nearly 200 Civil Rights, Community Groups Send Letter to Senate Demanding Fair & Equitable Reforms to ESEA Reauthorization

This week, nearly 200 civil rights and community organizations sent a letter to Senators McConnell and Reid demanding that the ESEA reauthorization bill put an end to high stakes tests. They are calling for investments in community schools that will help Black and Brown communities instead. Read More >

Senate Bill Keeps After-School and Community Schools in ESEA

Funding for before- and after-school programs and full-service community schools grants were protected by the Senate in the reauthorization of the ESEA that passed last week. This is in stark contrast with the House of Representatives, which is seeking to cut funding for many education programs in its reauthorization bill. Read More >

West Virginia Board of Education Approves Community Schools Plan For McDowell County Public Schools

The West Virginia Board of Education today unanimously approved a community schools plan for the McDowell County Public Schools, marking one of Reconnecting McDowell’s most significant efforts thus far to improve the education, health and well-being of the county’s students and their families. The American Federation of Teachers played an important role in this work. AFT is a national partner of the Coalition for Community Schools. Read More >

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