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ERIC Number: ED515222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-9334-9338-0
Financing Community Schools: Leveraging Resources to Support Student Success
Blank, Martin J.; Jacobson, Reuben; Melaville, Atelia; Pearson, Sarah S.
Coalition for Community Schools
Community schools are one of the most efficient and effective strategies to improve outcomes for students as well as families and communities. Community schools leverage public and private investments by generating additional financial resources from partners and other sources. This report looks at how community schools finance their work. It describes the resources, partnerships, and activities community schools generate with the dollars they have; where monies come from; and the mechanisms community schools use to leverage additional funding and build their capacity to achieve agreed upon results. The report draws on survey results and case studies from a purposeful sample of experienced community schools--both individual sites as well as district-sponsored initiatives. Findings show that in the experienced community schools in this report: (1) The bulk of resources go directly to assist schools in meeting their core instructional mission, while also strengthening the health and well-being of students, families and neighborhoods; (2) Community schools leverage diversified funding streams. For example, community schools leverage district dollars 3:1; (3) Collaborative leadership structures support finance and other key functions at the site and system level; (4) A mix of public and private sector partners expands financial, as well as technical and political capacity; and (5) Full-time site coordination contributes essential site level capacity at minimal cost. This report also includes a set of recommendations that policy makers can adopt to support the sustainability and expansion of community schools. Appendices include: (1) Study Methodology; (2) Data Collection Matrix; (3) Fund-Raising Framework; and (4) Major Federal Funding Opportunities. (Contains 4 tables, 8 figures and 21 endnotes.) [For the executive summary, see ED515223.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Community Schools