New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made "community schools" a key plank in his election campaign, promising to open 100 such wraparound-service hubs to the city's students and their families. So far, his administration is working to open 40 pilot community schools. A new report from The Children's Aid Society and The New School shows the best way to bring this vision to fruition.
From Chalkbeat New York:
"The report underscores the importance of city agencies working together to help schools become hubs of social services. (Roughly 100 city schools already offer such services, which range from free eye and dental care to counseling and job training for parents and family members.) Offering those services after school hours requires outside providers to spend money on custodial staff and security, for example — a complicated and expensive process that city agencies could streamline."
Parents, students and community organizers have been pushing to expand community schools and they recently held a rally as part of a National Week of Action organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. Check out video from the event below. And check out the Coalition for Community Schools to learn more about what community schools do and the dozens of cities nationwide that are using them successfully.