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State Policy

Community schools continue to gain momentum across states as governors and legislators demonstrate support for the strategy. We have compiled a list of legislation and funding introduced or passed in 2016 and in recent sessions. 

2016 Legislation Victories
2016 Legislation Introduced
2015 Legislation Victories
2015 Legislation Introduced

Recently Approved Legislation and Funding
 
2016 Legislation Victories

California

SB 527 redirects cost savings from Proposition 47, which reduces penalties for low-level crimes, to preventive investments including education. More specifically, 25% of the funds go to the State Department of Education to administer a grant program in which community schools is listed at the top among uses of funds.

Maryland

Two bills passed supporting community schools: HB 1139 requires the State Department of Education to notify school districts that federal Title I funds may be used for expenses associated with community school coordinators and for the coordination of school and community resources, and requires the Department to provide technical assistance to schools in applying for federal funding; and HB 1402 authorizes $7.5 million annually through 2021 for grants to school districts, community schools, and nonprofit organizations in the State to assist in expanding or creating extended day and summer enhancement programs.


Minnesota

The Minnesota legislation through its appropriations bill H.F. 2749 has approved $1 million to create more full-service community schools across the state to help meet the needs of students and families. This funding comes on the heels of a victory last year where community schools received a pilot grant from the legislature.

New York

In New York's state budget, an unprecedented $175 million was included for full-service community schools. Of the $175 million, $100 million will go to over 200 high-need districts, and $75 million will go to persistently struggling and struggling schools. Click here for more information.



2016 Legislation Introduced

Arizona

Introduced in February by Sen. David Bradley [D], Sen. Carlyle Begay [D], and Sen. Lynne Pancrazi [D], AZ SB 1462 is a community schools pilot program for the state of Arizona. The bill creates a three-year Arizona community schools pilot program that cannot surpass sixty thousand dollars. Any public middle school or junior high school is able to apply for the funds as long as they are dedicated to the strategy. Click here for more information. 
 

Florida

Sponsored by Senator Geraldine F. "Geri" Thompson, SB 1246 is a community Schools Initiative that requires the Florida Department of Education to implement the Reigniting Education Achievement with Coordinated Help (REACH) Program as a public-private partnership in the lowest-performing public schools. Community schools will be the primary vehicle for turning around these schools. Click here for more information. 

New Mexico

Sponsored by Michael Padilla, SB0177 makes an appropriation to the local government division of the Department of Finance and Administration for the amount of one hundred thousand dollars in order to fund an Integrated Services Initiative for Children and Families. While not directly referencing community schools, the bill calls for "extended learning opportunities, high-quality school-based health care, family engagement in learning and family supports and resources for children and families in a municipality with a population greater than six hundred thousand according to the most recent federal decennial census located in a class A county."

Utah 
S.B. 67 sponsored by Ann Millner [R], creates the Partnerships for Student Success Grant Program and also helps this program coordinate with existing community schools and other similar programs. Click here to learn more. 

 

2015 Legislation Victories

Maine

In April, Senator Rebecca Millett's bill, "An Act to Create Community Schools," was introduced with strong and favorable support during a public hearing in the state's Education Committee. The measure, LD 956, allows an existing or new school to be turned into a community school and authorizes the state Department of Education to designate five community schools as part of a 5-year pilot project beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. The state commissioner also provides state funding to the schools with a $250,000 maximum in annual allocations. 

Minnesota

In Minnesota, SF 1206 states that the commissioner shall provide funding to eligible school sites to plan, implement, and improve full-service community schools. Through these newly established funds, schools will receive up to $100,000 annually, including required money for the hiring of a community school coordinator. To find out more about the bill, click here

 

2015 Legislation Introduced


Recently Approved Legislation and Funding

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