February 24, 2020News
Community Schools Informational Meeting This Thursday, February 27
One of the victories of our successful strike was winning investments into 30 schools to become Community Schools – to better serve our students, bring more educator and parent voice in, and provide a positive vision of schooling against privatization. Each school designated as a Community School receives one-time general funds of $150,000 in Year One and $250,000 in Year Two. The funds allocated for Year One are meant to support planning and preparation for the implementation of the four Community Schools Pillars. All schools designated are required to use part of the funding to select a Community Schools Coordinator for two years.
Seventeen out of the 30 schools have already been selected for the Community Schools designation in Cohort 1, and have been working this academic year (this was their Year One) on their planning and implementation.
The application process will begin soon for schools interested in applying for the next round, Cohort 2, in which 13 more will be selected.
The timeline for Cohort 2 has been slightly adjusted to allow for schools to have some time to find and hire a Community Schools Coordinator before the school year ends:
- Applications will be made available - March 5, 2020
- Community Schools Forum (hear from experts and get support on application) - March 21, 2020
- Community Schools Application due - April 27, 2020
- Schools notified if they are designated a Community School in Cohort 2 - May 8, 2020
UTLA will hold a meeting this Thursday, February 27 to get information out to our chapters, and to begin assisting schools. The UTLA Community Schools Informational for schools interested in applying for the Community Schools Designation for Cohort 2 will be this Thursday February 27, 2020 - 6pm-8pm, UTLA Room 911. Interested schools should send 1-2 representatives and RSVP to Esperanza Martinez at email@example.com.