Members of the Polk County School District will pursue what it can do to place a community school in the district as officials seemed to think it would help the students, the teachers and the district.
In an effort to improve the performance of students at Mort Elementary School in Tampa, The Council for Educational Change partnered a CEO of a local business with the principal, as part of transformative community engagement.
A new measure called the "education equality index" compares the performance of low-income and more affluent students on state standardized tests in cities and states across the county. The reports based on test scores through 2014 shows Orlando narrowing the academic performance gap.
Escambia County School District officially dedicated its first community school at C.A. Weis Elementary School Jan. 7, 2016.
We are proud of this collaboration that brings additional resources to benefit the health and wellness of our students most in need.
— Brian Binggeli, Superintendent,
Brevard Public Schools
Technical assistance from UCF will determine the noneducational barriers and resources needed for students to be more successful.
— Tim Putman, Executive Director,
Western Division of Children's Home Society of Florida
The community school movement continues to grow because folks are looking at their schools and realizing that the only way to get young people the opportunities they deserve is through partnership with the community.
— Martin Blank,
Director, Coalition for Community Schools and President of the Institute for Educational Leadership