Impact of Community Schools
Background of Community Schools in California
The concept of community schools has been around since the turn of the last century. But the movement to create them got a huge boost in 2019 when United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) members included community schools in their demands during their historic strike, securing funding for 30 community schools.
The nearly $3 billion grant program provides an opportunity for districts and their schools to design and implement sustainable and effective community school strategies. That is, supporting school districts and schools to work intentionally with teachers, students and families, and with community agencies and local government to align community resources behind improving student outcomes.