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Now Aiming for 200 Community Schools, City Unveils a Plan to Get There

Initially, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised the state of New York to turn 100 traditional schools into community schools by filling them with additional services to help the medical and mental health of the students and their families. Now, he has issued a new goal of creating 200 community schools by the end of 2017. He plans to set up a descriptive list of the “core elements” of community schools and implement them into new and already existing schools. Read More >

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 >

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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