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The success on the November election and end of the 2021 legislative progress cleans the slate of last years Actions & Advocacy. 

The content of this webpage will build over the year.  In the meantime we will post documents that provide the foundations of the issues we are concerned with.

THE LAWS ON DISTRICT AND SCHOOL TURNAROUND

A4PEP is sharing this summary of laws regarding district and school turnaround because we believe that changes are needed regarding the consequences to schools and districts for being on Turnaround status for over 5 years (or "running out the accountability clock," as it is colloquially called). 

 

In the law, these consequences are referred to as follows:  "issues and needs that should be addressed regarding levels of attainment on the performance indicators, based on identification of specific, research-based strategies." 

 

A4PEP views the "research-based strategies" listed in the law as mostly punitive, as evidenced by the Colorado State Board of Education's decision to force Adams County School District 14 to be run by a private "education management" company, at the cost of millions of taxpayer dollars from this high-poverty school district. 

A4PEP is striving to add a research-based strategy called "community schools" to the law - a strategy that creates a positive environment and utilizes the resources in the community to support the students, families, and schools.

​We have assembled a short document describing the laws that constrain what is possible for schools in turnaround status. 

The Laws on District and School Turnaround

We  have also reviewed the Charter School Law and highlighted how its implementation has drifted from its initial language and intent in the subsequent 28 years.

Issues with Charter School Law (1993-2021)

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Community schools have proven to be an effective improvement strategy for struggling schools.  To facilitate discussion, we have collected various articles and reports on community schools, and compiled their lists of components of successful community schools into a brief synopsis.  Read it here.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland describes what is included in a full-service community school and reports on their success.  He also is introducing this week an increase $413 million to the House appropriations bill.

Full-Service Community Schools Empower Students to Succeed

Learning Policy Institute, Research, Action, Impact published the 159 page Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence.  Read it here also.  They also have published a 112 page Community Schools Playbook.  Read it here also.

The Center for Popular Democracy published the 100 page report Community Schools: Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools.    Read it here also.

The National Education Association published the 108 page THE SIX PILLARS OF COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TOOL KIT,  NEA Resource Guide for Educators, Families &Communities. Read it here also. 

The National Education Policy Center published the 25 page Strong Collaborative Relationships for Strong Community Schools.  Read it here also. 

The Coalition for Community Schools published a 56 page report on Financing Community Schools. Read it here also. 

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