March 11, 2020
Legislative Update | HB 1139
Big news from the Capitol today! | HB 1139, the community schools bill, has passed out of the House on a unanimous vote. We are thrilled to see this legislation continue to move through the legislative process with such strong support from lawmakers.
A special thanks to Rep. Angela Cockerham, the sponsor of the bill, and the bill’s co-sponsors: Rep. Jarvis Dortch, Rep. Orlando Paden, Rep. Rickey Thompson, Rep. Oscar Denton, Rep. Kabir Karriem, Rep. Cheikh Taylor, and Rep. Abe Hudson. We’re also grateful for the leadership of House Education Committee chairman Rep. Richard Bennett and vice chairman Rep. Kent McCarty.
Call or email your representative today and help us thank them for their support of this transformative legislation!
Still curious about what this legislation does? Here’s the full text of the bill.
What is a community school? A community school is at the center of the community—open all day, every day, to everyone—that brings together academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement under one roof, leading to improved learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.
Community schools are more than just wraparound services provided to individual students in need. Rather, community schools use strategic, results-focused partnerships to improve a wide range of outcomes.
Learn more about this innovative education model from this short video!