School – Community Partnerships

Whereas, over the past decade, progress has been made to keep students engaged and to bolster rates of college and career readiness. The national high school graduation rates for the class of 2010 reached approximately 75 percent. Despite these gains, far too many young people, especially students of color from educationally and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups and communities, are leaving school without a high school diploma or are severely underprepared for college level work.

Whereas, it is a national imperative that students have access to a high-quality comprehensive education that prepares them for to be academically, socially and emotionally ready for college and the workforce.

Whereas, all students must be provided a positive, supportive, safe, challenging and equitable learning environment.

Whereas, the environment must provide adequate, quality opportunities and support to educate the whole child.

Whereas, this is a shared responsibility of the school district, family local government, service providers, faith based organizations, higher education and the business and philanthropic communities.

Whereas, the development of a community that shares a vision, purpose, practices, and responsibility is paramount to student, family and community success.

Whereas, effective partnerships are intentional, inclusive and collaborative in nature.

Therefore, Be It resolved, that the National Policy Alliance encourages, endorses, and supports community, family, municipality, and school partnerships that meet the need of all children. Each entity shares common goals related to the educational physical health and social well-being of children and youth within the classroom and community. School-community partnerships can weave together critical resources and enhance strategies that students and their families can use to promote success at school and beyond.

Presented by: Ellis Alexander, NBCSBM

Motioned by: Tawana Keels

Seconded by: Thomas Coley, NABCO