May 12, 2022 – Erin Apte, senior legislative counsel for Public Advocates, was quoted in an article in EdSource about a $3 billion Community Schools program that stresses building partnerships, empowering teachers and parents:
“The California Partnership for the Future of Learning, a coalition that includes Public Advocates, Advancement Project California, Californians for Justice, and PICO California wants tighter transparency and accountability requirements written into the community schools program.
In a letter to legislative leaders, the coalition calls for requiring community school grantees to annually report and publicly present to parents and the community on progress on achieving the goals, and an annual evaluation, backed by data, on whether the school’s practices are proving effective. The coalition also wants the state to prohibit using community school funding to staff police and safety officers.
‘We don’t expect community schools to be strong immediately in all program’s cornerstone commitments and four pillars, but they should assess where they are and whether they are responsive to their communities,’ said Erin Apte, senior legislative counsel for Public Advocates.”
Read “California set to launch hundreds of community schools with $635 million in grants” by John Fensterwald.
California set to launch hundreds of community schools with $635 million in grants