Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Community Schools are NOT Charter Schools- by Gloria Johnson

 and communities. Full-service community schools extend the goals of traditional public schools further. They are centers of their communities that provide services to address the needs of student learners and build bridges between schools, families, and communities.  They are schools that not only promote academic excellence, but they also provide health, mental health, and social services on the school campus.  The school emerges as a community hub, a one-stop center to meet diverse needs and to achieve the best possible outcomes for each child.

Community Schools are NOT Charter Schools. It seems some Charter Schools are trying to co-opt the language as the success of Community Schools is becoming more widely recognized and the concept is being added to more traditional public schools. With numbers like we are seeing in this Cincinnati PUBLIC system, no wonder they are hijacking our language!