$58 million approved for Community Schools Support System

California Department of Education
Press release

California Department of Education
Press release

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November 2, 2022

SACRAMENTO––The California State Board of Education (SBE) today approved $58 million in contracts to build a support network for community schools, campuses where every classroom is focused on high-quality teaching and learning , every student is connected to the services they need to thrive, and every family is empowered to participate in decision-making.

The $4 billion California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) is the nation’s largest investment in the success of high-needs students through a whole-child approach. Community schools partner with educational, county and non-profit entities to provide integrated health, mental health and social services, as well as high-quality supportive education, with a strong emphasis on community, family and student engagement.

Research shows that community schools can lead to better school attendance, better grades and test scores, higher enrollment in college preparatory classes, and higher graduation rates.

“Today’s vote approving Regional Technical Assistance Centers (RTACs) is another vital investment in California’s initiative to create the best community schools program in the nation,” said the superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “These RTACs will work on the ground with local education agencies and school sites to provide essential guidance. Now is the time for us to redouble our efforts to transform public education through the implementation of CCSPP. »

Community schools are a key initiative in California’s historic public school transformation that includes universal free school meals; transitional universal kindergarten; before and after school learning; and investments in teacher training, mentoring, recruitment and retention.

At a June event with educators, Governor Gavin Newsom called the support provided by community schools “essential to helping our children succeed.” Community schools provide these resources to local communities to strengthen support services. This strategy is the nation’s most ambitious proposal to improve student learning, health and well-being – full-service schools centered on the lived realities of students and families that provide everything students need. to help them thrive in the classroom.

SBE today approved contracts with eight county education offices (Shasta, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Monterey, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino) that will serve as RTACs in eight regions:

  • Northern California (Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity)
  • Capitol Area (Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba)
  • Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma)
  • Central Coast (Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura)
  • Central Valley (Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne)
  • Greater Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
  • South Coast (Imperial, Orange and San Diego)
  • Southern Interior (Inyo, Mono, Riverside and San Bernardino)

RTACs will work closely with the State Transformational Assistance Center (Alameda County Office of Education in partnership with the UCLA Center for Community Schooling, Californians for Justice, and the National Education Association) to help emerging and existing community schools create networks of support with similar campuses, share best practices, plan for success, raise funds and coordinate services.

The California Department of Education (CDE) will be instrumental in overseeing RTAC contracts and working with counties to ensure fidelity to the vision of community schools shared by the collective California education community.

“I am grateful to the CDE, our county offices of education, districts and schools for stepping up this important work to support students, families and educators,” said SBE Chair Linda Darling. -Hammond. “Every school should be a joyful, healthy, and educational learning environment for children. The Council’s action today brings California one step closer to achieving schools that enable all students to s flourish and succeed.

The contracts awarded today build on SBE action in May to approve $649 million in grants to 268 school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to help plan new community schools and support existing initiatives. Additional planning and implementation grants will be awarded in the 2022-2023 school year, and implementation grants will be awarded in subsequent school years.

In January, the SBE approved a California Community Schools Framework that added four commitments to center the initiative on equity: a commitment to sharing power, using racially just restorative practices, teaching practices culturally relevant and to approach school communities through the positive lens of assessing strengths rather than focusing on challenges.

Governor Newsom Blueprint for Children’s Mental Health
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further highlights the critical importance of multi-sectoral collaboration to support the mental health and well-being of young people. The blueprint includes the $4.7 billion investment in the Child and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative and strengthens critical ties to community schools, Medi-Cal reforms under CalAIM, and the development of Workforce.

During Wednesday’s SBE presentation, California Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly explained the urgent need to address the health and wellness needs of students in low-income neighborhoods and communities. income with limited access to doctors and clinics.

Community schools have been around for years, but CCSSP is the first statewide initiative in California to provide funding, support, and curriculum standardization through common guiding pillars: integrated services, including trauma-informed health services; expanded learning time and opportunities; collaborative leadership and practices for educators and administrators to support school climate; and engage students, families and the community.

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Tony Thurmond – State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last revised: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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