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Wanted to be sure you saw the article that ran in POLITICO Pro last night about the inclusion of Full-Service Community Schools in the Every Student Succeeds Act to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Full-Service Community Schools are public elementary or secondary schools that house a wide range of existing social services under one roof, including primary health care, nutrition services, and mentoring, which help students in low-income communities succeed in the classroom. To read the article, click here or see below:
Hoyer nabs community schools victory in NCLB
By Maggie Severns
12/02/2015 06:05 PM EDT
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is celebrating a small but symbolic victory in the new Every Student Succeeds Act up for a vote tonight: a set-aside of at least 10 grants per year for full-service community schools.
Grantees will integrate programs such as health, early education and juvenile justice services with education. Full-service community schools coordinate services for low-income students at the school level, so health and other needs can all be met at school.
Hoyer has focused on the issue for years, since working in Maryland to establish the system of “Judy Centers,” early childhood centers that take a comprehensive approach to education, in honor of his late wife Judith Hoyer, an early childhood educator.
When it comes to improving outcomes for poor and minority youth, “it does take a village-and often, that village is compartmentalized,” Hoyer said. He's been pushing the grant program through the appropriations process for several years now, and said he'll be continuing his work in the years to come, both on and off Capitol Hill.
“This is a relatively small program that we need to take to scale,” Hoyer said.