Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passes!

Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, today praised the Senate for joining the House of Representatives in passing the Every Student Succeeds Act, a major bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s federal education law.

Among the most important measures in the new law is a framework allowing local communities to tap critically needed resources to help low income students get the help they need to stay in school.

The new law includes specific language allowing Title 1 funding for integrated student supports or wraparound services – a local and school-based approach that removes academic and non-academic barriers to student achievement. It will also enable local educators to access competitive grants to work with providers of integrated students like Communities In Schools and encourages local communities to utilize evidence-based programs proven to help low-income students succeed in school.

CIS is the largest provider of integrated student supports. Our unique model of support positions trained site coordinators inside schools to identify at-risk students. Working with school leaders and community partners, the site coordinators provide these students with the services and supports—food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance, mentorship, guidance, etc.— needed for academic success. A recent impact report demonstrated the results:

The CIS of Washington network served over 77,000 students at 169 schools and community-based sites across the state last school year. Of students receiving individualized services:

  • 90% are eligible for free-or-reduced priced lunch.
  • 99% stayed in school.
  • 96% either graduated or were promoted to the next grade.

About Communities In Schools:

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization. Operating in more than 2,400 schools in the most challenged communities of 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves nearly 1.5 million young people and their families each year.  Based directly inside schools throughout the country, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs.  Learn more about Communities In Schools at www.communitiesinschools.org.

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