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Community schools reimagine how to help students learn

A new bill in Congress looks to dramatically increase federal support for a school model that reimagines how to help students learn—by first making sure their basic needs are met. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) introduced the Full-Service Community School Expansion Act on Tuesday.

Research supports what educators know from experience: Students living in poverty do not have the same opportunities because they face barriers that their wealthier peers do not.

Children who are hungry, experience homelessness, or bear other stresses of their family’s financial hardship can’t always focus, participate in class, or complete assignments—and that’s if they can make it to school at all. Students of color are more likely to experience these conditions—the result of inequities built into a system that protects white supremacy.

Some districts are working to counteract these factors by establishing community schools, in which educators, administrators, students, and families work together to achieve their vision for the schools and communities. Read more.

Email your senators and representative and ask them to support the Full-Service Community School Expansion Act.

 

7 responses to “Community schools reimagine how to help students learn

  1. I worked in a High School that benefited from having an on site Health Clinic that served our students and their families and had an after school academic support program ! I fully support the community school concept, which provides much needed support for our students and our staff!

    1. Eileen, this act is based on the premise that students of color are failing because of white supremacy and institutional racism. This is not the case. Students of color will succeed with support from their families and schools. Whites are not the problem. This is ridiculous. How can you support that premise?

  2. I am not in favor of this act because I don’t believe that students of color are more likely to experience these conditions—the result of inequities built into a system that protects white supremacy. There are no inequities built into a system that protect white supremacy. There is no such thing as white supremacy. Stop blaming whites for all the ills of black people. Students of color will succeed with support from the intact family unit. Stop making excuses and blaming white people for everything.

  3. This nation was once known and renowned for its’ ability to innovate and be a leader. The pandemic crisis has shown us that we have slid from this and that it is time to go bold again and embrace change and innovation

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