[News 8/23] Investing in families: The community school model


EDUCATION
“Freddie Mac Foundation Commits $1.1 Million More to Provide Services at D.C.’S JC Nalle Community School” (Wire, 8/22) – A decade ago, the Foundation [a WG member] committed to helping transform the southeast D.C. elementary into a full- service community school, offering a full-range of integrated services.” This latest grant “will continue and enhance the community school programming, which includes extended day, summer enrichment, Saturday school, mental and health services, and a parent university.”

> Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., chairman, Freddie Mac Foundation. “The community school model works — ensuring that children benefit from collaboration between the school system, nonprofits, and private enterprise.”
> Chancellor Michelle Rhee, D.C. Public Schools: “I look forward to working closely with the Freddie Mac Foundation and NCCF to ensure that this model helps more children reach their full potential.”

[Md.] Pr. George’s County’s John Deasy proposes expanding schools to K-8 “in hopes of stopping a decline in test scores that often begins in early adolescence.” (WaPo, 8/23)

[D.C.] $120M in repairs needed for school buildings with a “backlog of work orders and code violations.” (WaPo, 8/23) 

HEALTH
[D.C.] “The owner of Greater Southeast Community Hospital agreed in principle last night to sell the troubled facility.” Plan would quadruple the number of beds and create a “medical mall of care.” (WaPo, 8/23)

CHILD SUPPORT
A new report from D.C. Appleseed concludes that D.C. would collect more money for families if they looked for ways to help fathers that miss child support payments. (WaPo, 8/23). DC Appleseed receives funding from several Washington Grantmakers members.

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  1. We often look around the District and note the incredible number of small nonprofits, many of whom work in the PK-12 arena. Principals wil say they have great difficulty managing all of the partnerships. All can note, that despite significant work by nonprofits and others, our dropout and student achievement outcomes are incredibly poor. The Community School model, through the work of a coordinator, links and aligns resources in support of students.

    Community schools at the high school level in Indianapolis, Chicago, and Portland are producing incredible results. The model allows the principal to spend more time on instruction and academic issues while the community school coordinator coordinates resources. The coordinator helps students with non-academic needs such as mental health services, health services, and family support; as well as open doors to opportunity. It’s a model that seems to make great sense for DC.

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