In a country where over 50 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, where Black students are almost four times as likely to be suspended as white students, and only 33 percent of high schools with high Black and Latino/a/x student enrollment offer calculus; we can no longer afford not to implement wholesale change. Our students deserve more.
As a Senior Program Specialist and Community Organizer, I advocate for quality conditions of learning and evidence-based school improvement strategies like Community schools. Community schools are a proven strategy for expanding opportunity and advancing student success. Community schools include a rich and varied academic program, instructional time focused on learning rather than teaching, shared leadership, restorative discipline practices, authentic family engagement, and support services like meals and health care. I believe all residents should have access to a Community school if it best meets their needs.