Pandemic spurs state investment in community school model

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“The pandemic has led to increased interest from districts in community schools, a model that uses public schools to connect families with community resources and care for the “whole child,” according to education organization leaders.

While the model had already been gaining traction before COVID-19 struck, community schools were uniquely positioned during its onset to support families’ needs for housing security, continued learning and assistance with food and household items, said José Muñoz, director of the Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

This is a really pivotal moment for the community schools movement, one that could lead to extraordinary growth and widespread expansion of support for vulnerable students and families,” said Phyllis Jordan, associate director of FutureEd at Georgetown University.”

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