The Baltimore city school board approved a policy Tuesday that will formally add “community schools” – which for years have been providing intensive wraparound services to city students – to the district’s portfolio.
The policy, which advocates have championed for years, creates a definition of the model and a framework for how they should run in the city. The policy also codifies the formal application process to operate under the designation, and sets up a citywide steering committee that would oversee them.
Like the district’s charters and operator-run schools, the community schools will also have to renew their status every three years.
For years, the Family League of Baltimore has facilitated the connection of schools with community organizations to strengthen schoolhouses as anchors of communities.
Read the full article from Erica L. Green in The Baltimore Sun here.