(Mar. 12) – The House Education committee approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada, that will provide a baseline statutory guidance for how public schools can operate as a community school. Statutorily defining community schools would open up the possibility for additional federal education funding and research shows that students in low-performing schools achieve more in the classroom when they switch to schools with a community school model.
“The community school model has been shown to increase student achievement through strategic partnerships among families, educators, and community partners,” said Rep. Titone. “By putting this into statute, we are providing a potential avenue for these schools to acquire the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable Colorado children and poise them for success.
SB19-102 defines ‘community school’ and permits a public school, especially low-income schools, to include community schools in its innovation plan to allow them to operate as such.
The bill passed the House Education committee with an 8-5 vote. It now heads to the House floor.