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Showdown: House to Vote on ‘Community Schools’ that Conflict with Texas Values

On May 13th, Texas Senate and House Representatives were scheduled to vote on House Bill 1891, known as “Relating to Texas Community Schools.” Under this bill, public schools would combine academic, health, and social services to turn schools into the “hub” of the community. The schools would partner with a community-based organization to help support the students, families, schools, and communities. If two-thirds of the House and Senate agree to pass this bill, it will take effect immediately. Read More >

Group Rallies for Community Schools, Finds Support from Kenney (Philadelphia)

"Several dozen parents and community members rallied Monday in Southwest Philadelphia, urging the creation of community schools. They were joined by Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, who is calling for the opening of 25 community schools in Philadelphia." Read More >

Building Community and School Partnerships for Student Success

The Office of Special Programs within the West Virginia Department of Education recently released a resource guide entitled “Building Community and School Partnerships for Student Success”. The guide provides information on Community Schools, why they are effective, and how they can become a reality in West Virginia. Sections include information on community schools basics, levels of development, resources for the community schools framework, and additional technical assistance. Read More >

COALITION BLOG: ESEA Bill Approved Out of Senate Committee, With Key Community Schools Wins


In a remarkable act of bipartisanship, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved its ESEA bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, out of committee on April 16. Through the stewardship of Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA), the committee worked through over 50 amendments across three days and reached a consensus to move the bill forward. Read More >

Georgia Democrats Offer Counter to Deal’s School Takeover Plan

Georgia “Senate Democratic leaders countered Gov. Nathan Deal’s school takeover proposal with their own plan to transform dysfunctional classrooms into “community schools…” The governor, according to the article, is willing to consider the new proposal as an addition to his bill. There is still lots to hurdles to jump, including internal debates within the Democratic Party, but for now community school are on the table in Georgia. Read More >

Support Rings for Community Schools Approach at Senate Roundtable Discussion

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, led by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), invited school and program leaders to discuss innovative practices to boost student achievement. Community School Coordinator Henriette Taylor, with the Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School, was one of many voices championing the benefits of full-service Community Schools. Innovation is as fundamental as building partnerships and engaging communities. Read More >

Senate Education Committee Discusses the Unmet Needs of Struggling Students

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions discussed the importance of teacher quality and school leadership at its second hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Testimonies came from a teacher, both a district and state superintendent, as well as an educational researcher. These speakers emphasized the challenges students face and the role that local leadership can play in promoting student academic achievement. 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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