Monday, July 18, 2016

PCAPS Community Schools Task Force Celebrates the Announcement of The First Cohort of Philadelphia Community Schools | WeArePCAPS

PCAPS Community Schools Task Force Celebrates the Announcement of The First Cohort of Philadelphia Community Schools | WeArePCAPS:

PCAPS Community Schools Task Force Celebrates the Announcement of The First Cohort of Philadelphia Community Schools

741893496212432191-rally-kenney.full
photo credit: Craig Robbins.  Then candidate Jim Kenney at an ACTION United, PCAPS rally at Comegys Elementary in April last year announcing his committment to 25 community schools in his first term.

As the outgrowth of a coalition that has advocated for community schools for over four years, we are gratified to see that idea now becoming a reality in our city with the Mayor announcing the first cohort of nine community schools. We congratulate the Mayor’s office for it’s work over the last six months that has brought us to this point.
There has been an ambitious program of community engagement in which the community school strategy, its implementation, and criteria for selecting schools, have been widely shared and discussed. The fruit of that process is reflected in the plan announced today.
We are excited that the selection process emphasized schools that have developed a collaborative leadership and culture, thus maximizing the likelihood that these schools will implement this strategy successfully.
We also think the first cohort of schools gets high marks for balancing the need for geographic diversity, with a focus on communities of high need.
City Council deserves recognition as well, both for providing the funding in the form of the sugary drink tax, and for supporting a selection process in which political calculation was subordinate to getting the right mix of schools.
We plan to continue to work with school communities to advocate, from the ground up, PCAPS Community Schools Task Force Celebrates the Announcement of The First Cohort of Philadelphia Community Schools | WeArePCAPS:


LATEST NEWS AND COMMENT FROM EDUCATION

LATEST NEWS AND COMMENT FROM EDUCATION
EduBloggers

Latest News and Comment from Education