BCPS makes plans to increase number of community schools

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There are 260 community schools operating in Maryland. Money from the recently passed Maryland Blueprint for Maryland’s Future will help to increase that number to look like what’s already taking place at Baltimore Highlands Elementary.

“This is a great community school where we have a community school organizer. They can outreach to students who aren’t coming to school or if they are in need of food or any other services,” Maryland State Education Association President Cheryl Bost said.

Cindy Sexton, president of the Teachers Union of Baltimore County, said community schools have gone a long way toward meeting the needs of county students.

“We’ve known that community schools work and when we do a needs assessment and we find out really what is specific to the needs of that community,” Sexton said.

Community schools also offer crisis support and adult education classes.

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