What Are ‘Community Schools’? And Why Is California Betting Big That They’ll Remake Public Education?

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“It’s easy to walk around UCLA Community School and lose yourself in the question: why don’t all schools look like this?

The school — on a bright, modern campus in Koreatown, part of the L.A. Unified School District — features bilingual programs in Spanish and Korean, mirroring the languages most students speak at home. There’s an on-campus immigration law clinic, which represents students and parents seeking visas, or even asylum.

“I’ve come to know the school as my second home, because it’s like a family, really,” said Eduardo Galindo, a recent UCLA Community School graduate who attended the school from the date it opened in 2009. (The campus serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade.)”

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