The Nation Article Boosts Community Schools

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In the June 14, 2010 issue of The Nation, public policy expert David L. Kirp wrote a tremendous endorsement of The Children’s Aid Society’s community schools strategy. The article, “Cradle to College,” examines community schools from every perspective, including outcomes and evaluations, and finds “solid evidence of their effectiveness” as well as “mounting political support.”

Cradle to College

By David L. Kirp T

his article is adapted from David L. Kirp's Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives.

One fine spring day a few years back, a society matron and prospective donor toured the Salomé Ureña community schools at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, in Washington Heights, with her twentysomething son in tow. Although the young man had gone to a top prep school, he marveled at what he saw—classes taught by City University of New York professors that offer students nearly two years' worth of college credits; one-on-one tutoring; a clinic delivering everything from eye exams to orthodontia; an after-school program whose riches include dance lessons led by members of the New York City ballet corps and Chinese cooking lessons; summertime academics and explorations; even some evening classes for adults that his mother might want to take. Read more...