Raise your voice on behalf of millions of children in danger of dropping out of school. Join our Advocacy Network and ask your legislators to support evidence-based solutions to end the dropout crisis.
What we do:
Working with both schools and their surrounding communities, Communities In Schools does whatever it takes to help kids stay in school and succeed in life. Based directly inside schools throughout the country, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s speciﬁc needs.
Thanks to your advocacy and the leadership of Communities In Schools, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to better support our nation’s most vulnerable students.
As a leading voice for educational equality and evidence-based solutions, we set out to create meaningful change for at-risk youth through this legislation – the first major restructuring of the federal education law in almost 15 years. Together, we succeeded in our efforts.
Through this legislation:
States and school districts will now be encouraged to adopt evidence-based programs to improve academic outcomes.
Schools and districts will gain access to competitive grant programs that demonstrate evidence of effectiveness.
Local communities are given greater freedom to invest federal resources for Integrated Student Supports (also known as “wraparound supports” – the model for how we work in schools.)
As the nation’s largest provider of Integrated Student Supports, we know from experience and from independent research results that when delivered with quality, these programs effectively improve academic outcomes for kids in school.
We are gratified that our leaders in Congress looked at the evidence and determined that Integrated Student Supports is an effective and cost-efficient use of resources. While there is still much work to be done to serve the 11 million children living in poverty in our country, we are encouraged by this important milestone.
You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming weeks about what needs to be done to make sure the new law is implemented effectively and how your continued participation can make that happen. So please sign up, below for our E-news for important updates.
For now, thank you for standing with our students and helping to change the picture of education in America.