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PRESS RELEASE: Nine Federal Full Service Community Schools Awards Announced Among a Pool of 147 Applicants

Contact: Mary Kingston Roche, (202)-822-8405 x 140

For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. - October 9, 2014 

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the nine awardees of the 2014 Full Service Community Schools grants out of a pool of 147 applications. The high number of applicants despite the small number of awards available proves the continued need and demand for a comprehensive approach to student learning and development that community schools provide.

The nine new awardees represent 26 schools and a range of urban and rural places that will add to the 90 places and the 38 states already operating community schools across the country. The grants are led by partnerships among school districts and community-based organizations.  The awardees include two school districts (Oakland Unified School District and San Antonio Independent School District), two institutions of higher education (Berea College in Kentucky and Montclair State University in New Jersey), and five non-profit organizations (Los Angeles Education Partnership, Youth Policy Institute also of Los Angeles, Frida Kahlo Community Organization of Chicago, Lancaster County Partners 4 Youth of South Carolina, and Southwest Key Programs of Austin, Texas).

According to Martin Blank, Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, "The range of partnerships and communities represented here demonstrates the increasing attention that educators and community leaders are giving toward community schools. We look forward to working with all awardees to share resources and connect them with our community school leaders as part of a nationwide peer learning network."

These awards come on the heels of bipartisan federal legislation to authorize this program through the Full Service Community Schools Act (HR 5168), cosponsored by House Minority Whip and longtime community schools champion Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), who has lauded the results of the community schools in his district in Peoria, Illinois.

This year’s awards come from an allocation of $10 million for community schools in the FY 2014 omnibus bill, $4.7 million of which went to these new awardees. The rest will go toward grantees in the 2010 cohort. These 26 new community schools will build upon the 64 full service community schools established in prior rounds of funding. Congress has now invested $30 million in the program since 2008.

The Coalition congratulates these new awardees and looks forward to working with them to ensure the highest-quality community schools for their students, families and communities.



 About the Coalition for Community Schools

The Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K–16, youth development, community planning and development, higher education, family support, health and human services, government, and philanthropy as well as national, state, and local community school networks. The Coalition advocates for community schools as a strategy to leverage local resources and programs, changing the look and feel of the traditional school structure to best meet the needs of children and families in the 21st century.

About the Institute for Educational Leadership

For a half-century, the Institute for Educational Leadershiphas championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and their families. The work of IEL focuses on three pillars required for young people and their communities to succeed: Involving the broader community with public education to support the learning and development of young people; building more effective pathways into the workforce for all young people and supporting the transition to adulthood; and preparing generations of leaders with the know-how to drive collaborative efforts at all levels. 

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