WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to adopt a bipartisan amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act – legislation to reform No Child Left Behind – introduced by U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) that would bolster the community school model. Community schools bring together students, families, service providers, and neighborhoods to provide important services to help students better access the learning opportunities and supports they need succeed.

“Challenges at home can undermine classroom performance and leave students struggling to keep up,” Brown said. “This amendment will help schools connect students with essential resources like medical and after-school care so these kids can focus their attention on succeeding in school.”

Too many students face a myriad of challenges including hunger, homelessness, and a lack of access to health care. Community schools help students and their families overcome the barriers to accessing these urgent needs by using schools as hub for social services. Ohio has 89 community schools in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo. There are also plans to develop community schools in Columbus and Youngstown.

The amendment amends Part A of Title IV of the Every Child Achieves Act to ensure that each community school program receiving funds can use these funds to have a site resource coordinator for their school or local education agency. Site resource coordinators would work with the community and non-profits to identify and source additional resources to benefit students. A one-pager on the amendment can be found here.