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Teachers: Community schools give students and families access to healthcare, after-school tutoring, adult education and other services on site. What are your thoughts on schools offering these kinds of wraparound services?

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We need family after school tutoring for our children, and some adult education and medicare for our elderly to continue! Please we need these kind of wraparound services!

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Grenda Chapman
Dallas, TX

The way I see it, community schools SHOULD be utilized during evening & weekend hours by the communities in which they are located. Adult education, health screenings, GED/Citizenship classes are all exemplary of the various uses that could be realized. The fact that the school facilities, themselves, owe their very existence to the populace of that given community should also propel this argument forward. They truly are an under-used, oft-neglected resource.

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Karl Reger
AFT @ Assabet Valley Technical H.S.
Marlborough, MA

Funny. I suggested just that years ago to Bill Clinton when he took office...got a lovely polite response...suggested neighborhood clinics in each public school, since they were nicely dispersed around Brooklyn at the time...as well as arts and music after school taught by volunteers and supervised by parents...never went anywhere...yet!!

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Mona Bloom
Torrance, CA

Schools should be utilized for any activity that provides education. The buildings are under utilized and are an enormous expense for only using them for one purpose which ends at 3 or 4 PM. The entire community pays for them so the entire community should be able to use them and work out the maintenance aspect together.

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Selma Schwartzbach
HFT#1018
Pinehurst, NC

Residents of communities, regardless of social status,religion, or ability, may sign up for services offered free or at low cost to people of all ages. Many people take for granted the wide range of services and educational opportunities that are offered through their community schools. Everyone should be vigilant to protect these often taken-for-granted opportunities.

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Janis Cummings
EMB#697
Brainerd, MN

Residents of communities, regardless of social status,religion, or ability, may sign up for services offered free or at low cost to people of all ages. Many people take for granted the wide range of services and educational opportunities that are offered through their community schools. Everyone should be vigilant to protect these often taken-for-granted opportunities.

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Janis Cummings
EMB#697
Brainerd, MN

Public schools should become a leader of education in the community. This means collaborating with community based organizations to provide after school, tutoring and other programs to meet the needs of the students. The schools continue to function as though they have all of the answers to improving student achievement. However, reality tells a different story.

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Robert Gundling
Washington, DC

The disparity in education between the "haves and have nots" is tragic. Our children deserve a quality well-rounded education which provides them with a fair, equitable, and accessible environment, and which nurtures a collaborative relationship among the school, parents and community. I firmly believe that "wrap-around" services are essential to the maximal educational benefit of our children.

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cynthia smith
CTU local 1
chicago, IL

Schools really do need to offer these services to the community for several reasons. To many parents have to work two jobs, that gives them little time to work with their children when they do get home. There are parents who need help in continuing their own education as well as help understanding the curriculum their children are being taught.

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Brenda Chaney
Boston Teachers Union
Boston, MA

Chicago Public Schools could save a tremendous amount of money and students providing wrap around services. Clinics in high school that would be accessible to the neighborhood would provide much needed health services to our students. In addition, students could learn vocational skils by working at this clinic. I feel the same about on site day care for teachers and students. The students could take child care operations courses, high school mothers could learn how to better take care of their children and have more time for bonding.

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alexander christel
chicago, IL

We as a society need to see that these services that schools offer our most important for our students who are our future citizens. Many come with problems such as child abuse, hunger and poverty. All this services help many people become part of our american dream which many people around the world are fighting for. We as Americans should be proud that our founding fathers and our present soldiers abroad have made so many sacrifices for us here in America. These politians who are trying to do away with many of these services need to realize that we need to help each other. Not everyone can afford to send their children to private schools.

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teresa Fonseca
Edinburg, TX

Please allow community schools,adult education as well as job training to remain open to the public. These programs are needed, as all students don't graduate from traditional high schools. Several students' need more one-on-one individualized instructions and traditional high schools don't offer or have the time to administer.

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Ethel Harris
Local 1493
Palo Alto, CA

Manditory after school tutoring must be a part of the school day for students who are failing math or language arts in their classroom. Waiting for summer school is too late. We need an extended school day on an "as needed" basis. Retirees and newly graduated teachers seeking employment should be utilized to support such a program. Once students demonstrate proficiency in their classroom they would no longer have to attend. That would be money well spent!!!

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Phil Tamberino
PJSTA
S. Huntington, NY

I like the idea of helping those who cannot help themselves, but then I start to wonder who is going to help my kids if I am busy with someone elses. I think that parents need to step up and do more. I also think that maybe the goverenment should be supportive to working parents instead of making it so we can't raise our own kids because we have to work all the time.

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Margie Boumans
Valier Federation of Teachers
Valier, MT

Wrap-around services are needed to support children whose families are unable to provide for their needs. That said, I think we are on a slippery slope. More & more is expected of public education & there are too many in our society who now expect schools to teach children what once was the responsibility of the family unit. We meet rudeness, insubordination, disrespect, & bullying on a daily basis & are sometimes contronted with violent behavior. With increased expectations & growing class size combined with high stakes testing, where does our responsibility end? These children are our future, but the camel looks about to break, to me.

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L Hintzsche
DeKalb, IL

The two women in the school based health clinic in my daughter's elementary/middle school are like family to me and to her--always ready to help, for advice, for a place to escape the occasional chaos of the halls or lunchroom. They know her so well and are accutely tuned into her health and wellbeing. And they are independent from the school authority structure, so, on top of health-related advice, they have advised me on issues that reflect on school conditions like bullying, short-staffing, that no teacher would risk saying to a parent. They are indespensible to my daughter's and my school experience.

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Andy Frank
Milwaukee, WI

I think that education should be in the business of educating, not providing "wraparound" services, which in most cases, already have an agency set up to provide those services.

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Debra Scovill
Price
Price, UT

I am an advocate for this kind of wrap-around service. Schools are a stable place in the lives of children who often live in chaos. If we are able to provide many of the basic necessities of life, we are sure that the children have received them. We can then focus on providing the best educational services and feel certain they fall on fertile ground.

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Jearline Epperson
NYS UFT
Hempstead, NY

Schools are way overburdened. Linking many services to the public school puts a strain on an already stressful environment given the unrest in education today. Teachers, parents and students are struggling to find relevant meaning in education today. Combining the work of healthcare and higher education will only add dissent to a broken system.

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Yonna Fogle
Fairhope, AL

I believe that the single most important problem to address in local education is the absence in many homes of environments that are conducive to learning and the inability of teachers in many poor school districts to get parents to support and become involved in their children's educations. Colleges and boarding schools provide dormitories for students. Perhaps local school districts should provide dormitories on the campuses of underperforming schools so that homeless and/or poorly achieving students can live and study in environments that are more conducive to learning. Nutritious evening meals and medical services could also be provided.

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Gary Wainright
St. Simons Island, GA

I think this could potentially have a positive impact on most communities. How would this work logistically? Would principals/teachers be required to be there after school? It would not be a good idea to leave the school unattended during these extra events; so would security be provided? Who would organize these events? Would the person in charge or working be compensated for the extra hours? How/where would these funds be generated? Would school employees be required to attend these events?

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Bridget Arceneaux
Watson, LA

What does it say about our society when the school is feeding breakfast, lunch, and now the evening meal to the students? It appears a lack of parenting is taking place! However, having said that, I think we need to do whatever is necessary to place the students in an environment that is conducive to learning.

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Bill Newton
Pell City
Pell City, AK

I believe based on my years of service to special education students, thoughtout the city of Chicago, that wraparound services are imperative for the success of the student and the family. Students do not live in isolation but within the family structure which is frequently problem laden and disfunctional. A coordination of services is required to enable the student to be successful and the family to provide and give support to the child or children. I suggested wraparound services for a school which I once served in for over a month. I strongly recommended education and mental health services be available to the families.

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Beverly Kelley
Local 1
Chicago, IL

All schools need to get what they need to suceed. Teachers, students and parents aren't getting what they need and then these people are blamed when the results aren't average or above average. What do you expect? Help people in need then if they still don't do well then blame them.

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ken budz
local 1
chicago, IL

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