Key Youth Legislation

CLASP actively submits comments, recommendations, and testimony to the Administration and Congress to advance policies and investments intended to dramatically improve the education, economic, and life outcomes for vulnerable and disconnected youth. 

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

TANF Emergency Fund: Creating Summer Jobs for Youth

Comments to United States Department of Education: Notice of Policy Priorities for Investing in Innovation Fund

Comments to United States Department of Education: Notice of Proposed Requirements for School Improvement Grants

Comments/Recommendations in response to Department of Education Proposed Race to the Top Fund

Comments/Recommendations to United States Department of Education on Proposed State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Rules

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Provisions Which Can Support Programming to Improve Outcomes for Black Men & Boys

Recommendations to USDOL on Guidance to States on Implementing Youth Activities in the Recovery Act  

Comments to the Corporation for National and Community Service on Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

Budget and Appropriations

Senate Approps Bill Signals Commitment to Youth Education But Shows Little Promise for Dropout Recovery

Letter to House and Senate Budget Committee Members on the FY 2011 Budget

Testimony of Evelyn Ganzglass on 2011 Budget Priorities for Education and Labor

President's Budget Proposal: Opportunities for Disconnected Youth  

Reauthorizations

Elementary and Secondary Education Act  

Workforce Investment Act  

Pending or Proposed Legislation

RAISE UP Act

Putting Youth To Work: A Jobs Strategy Linking Youth to Our Economic Recovery   

 

Aug 12, 2014  |  PERMALINK »

New Legislation Introduced to Support Full-Service Community Schools

By Rhonda Bryant

On July 23, 2014, Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014. The full-service community school model co-locates education services and a range of vital health and social services, serving as a “one-stop shop” for students, families, and the community. This bipartisan bill would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to create a new competitive grant program, which would provide five-year grants to states, to implement statewide full-service community schools, as well as local partnerships between school districts and community-based organizations. A minimum of 10 percent of the funding would be designated for rural areas.

Proponents of the bill regard the community school model as a key strategy for increasing educational equity, narrowing achievement gaps, and graduating students who are college- and career-ready. This past April, the Coalition for Community Schools developed a framework to elevate community schools as a strategy to make our education system more equitable. The Coalition’s framework calls for three leadership structures:

  • Community-wide leadership groups comprised of school districts, government agencies, United Way chapters, businesses, community- and faith-based organizations are responsible for overall vision, policy, and resource alignment;
  • School-site leadership teams comprised of parents, residents, principals, teachers, community partners, and young people are responsible for planning, implementation, and continuous improvement; and
  • An intermediary entity provides planning, coordination, and management.

Through this integrated approach to partnerships, governance, and systems, communities can ensure everyone has a voice in planning and orchestrating a full-service community school model that meet their locale’s unique needs.

Legislation to fund full-service community schools was introduced in prior congressional sessions, but it has never been passed. However, through the appropriations process, a competitive grant program was created and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Grants were awarded from 2008 through 2010, and a new competition to award $10 million in grants in FY 2014 is now underway.  While this funding from DOE is critical, the Full-Service Community Schools Act is essential codify the program and ensure its future availability.

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