If there was a hearing that the D.C. Council should not have allowed to be cancelled at the last minute, as happened last week, it would be on this: creating community schools, says Valerie Strauss, columnist for the Washington Post. Why? Because community schools are part of the answer when it comes to effective school reform. Community schools focus not only on academics but also, through partnerships with outside organizations, child and youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development. Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many different partners to provide a range of opportunities for students and their families during class time and when class is over—and even on weekends. The idea sounds like something of a no-brainer when it comes to schools in high-poverty areas where families often live without the basics…

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