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 student enrollment offer calculus; we can no longer afford not to implement wholesale change. Our students deserve more.
As a Senior Policy Analyst 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.