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    Community Schools: Connecting Schools and Communities to Improve Student Outcomes

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    Schools around the country are recognizing that community partnerships can be instrumental in increasing student engagement and achievement. By providing an extended menu of social services for students and families and by extending school hours, community schools are able to better prepare students for learning. President Obama has advanced the idea of school-community partnerships through funding for the Promise Neighborhoods program. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Sen. Ben Nelson also recently introduced legislation to increase federal funding for community schools. The community schools strategy is also being adopted internationally—every public school in England is slated to provide extended services by 2010.

    Please join us for an insightful conversation about the community schools strategy and how federal policy can encourage the growth of community schools across the country. The Center for American Progress will release a paper explaining the community school strategy, its benefits, and initiatives in the United States and England.

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