WASHINGTON – There’s a little Cincinnati-style school reform in the Senate’s sweeping proposal to revamp No Child Left Behind, the much reviled-education law.

The education bill, approved by the Senate Thursday, includes a provision modeled after Cincinnati’s community learning centers – full service schools that provide extra support services to needy children and families.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, successfully pressed for the amendment, which would allow federal education officials to award grants to local schools that want to become “full-service” community centers. Such schools can be open year-round and provide everything from health care to housing services to extracurricular activities.

“Community schools have a proven track record of connecting students and their families to critical services,” Brown said. “This amendment will help expand this model so more students can access essential resources like medical care and after-school care.”

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