Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement after introducing the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2011 today in the House. This bill was introduced in the Senate today by Senator Ben Nelson. Click here for a fact sheet on the bill.
“I am proud to introduce the Full-Service Community Schools Act today. Full-service community schools are part of re-imagining how we can make sure our children get the education they deserve. These schools tap into community resources to ensure that when children go to school, they are ready to learn and their families are prepared to support learning. Students and their families are able to access a wide range of services – from early childhood programs, to health clinics and dental care, to English lessons and career advice for parents. These services remove serious obstacles that would prevent children from succeeding.
“The bill I’ve introduced today aims to expand these schools across the nation. The results speak for themselves: these schools see higher student achievement, better parent participation, and higher attendance. This innovative concept has support from President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, as well as leading educators. I believe that full-service community schools should be a key part of our plan to out-educate the rest of the world, and I hope that the full-service community school model will be included in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which is under discussion.”