Community Schools

"Wake up with Freedom on Your Mind": Hundreds Gather for Education Justice in Chicago

by Marianna Islam, Director of Programs & Advocacy

On the weekend of May 18-20, Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J) hosted over 200 attendees in Chicago, Illinois for their national conference: We Choose Equity, Not The Illusion of School Choice.

J4J is a national alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led base building groups organizing to win community-driven alternatives to the privatization of and dismantling of public school systems in their neighborhoods, states and nationally. Launched in 2013 with 13 cities, J4J has now grown to 31 cities across the United States and also Johannesburg, South Africa.

On the weekend of May 18-20, Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J) hosted over 200 attendees in Chicago, Illinois for their national conference: We Choose Equity, Not The Illusion of School Choice.

OTL Allies Named to NYC Community Schools Advisory Board

Longtime NYC parent organizers Zakiyah Ansari and Ocynthia Williams have been named to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Community Schools Advisory Board. Congrats Zakiyah and Ocynthia!


Zakiyah Ansari (left) of the Alliance for Quality
Education and Ocynthia Williams of United Parents of
Highbridgewere named to the Community Schools
Advisory Baord.

NYC To Invest $52 Million in Community Schools

Over the next several years, New York City will invest $52 million to double the number of community schools in the city. These schools act as hubs for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents.

One of best ways to turnaround a struggling school is to transform it into a "community school," a hub for all types of wraparound supports from medical services and tutoring for students to English language classes and job training for parents. In New York City, advocates and organizers have rallied around the idea of community schools and called for the city to expand the few programs that already exist.

Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-04-22
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School boards play a key role in setting the vision and tone for their local school systems. This guide can serve as a blueprint for board members who wish to create a better-coordinated system of "whole-child" supports for children and their families. Included in the document are guiding questions to help school board members assess current district partnerships and determine what new efforts and capacities might better support their students. The guide also highlights districts around the country who use the "community school" model as one strategy to deliver these needed supports. These districts show the different paths taken to build comprehensive education systems and can serve as models for community partnerships in other states and districts.

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Partnerships, NOT Pushouts: New Policy Guide for School Boards

A new policy guide released today details how school board members can lead the way in securing a high quality education for each and every student in their district.

Partnerships, NOT Pushouts
New "Whole-Child" Policy Guide for School Board Members

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What Are Community Schools?

At the Community Schools National Forum in Cincinnati last week, top educators from the US and abroad learned about a powerful new model for supporting all students and improving our nation's schools. Check out pictures and video from the event!

The key to ensuring access to educational opportunity for each and every child is to build a strong public school at the heart of every community.

Across the nation, advocates are beginning to use the idea of a "community school" as a model for improving their local education systems. At the Community Schools National Forum in Cincinnati last week, top educators from the US and abroad learned about this powerful new model and how it could be scaled up nationally. 

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