Community Schools Initiative helps students achieve

The Sun Prairie Community School Initiative is a partnership and collaboration between individuals and organizations to help students achieve and stay connected with the community. It provides a wide variety of services to students and their families, including after-school sports and other activities in a safe environment with adult supervision. “Because of these activities, we’re seeing that the kids are more ready for school,” says Mary Ellen Havel-Lang, one of the group’s founding members.

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‘We’re going to fight this, and we’re going to fight it hard.’

Nearly 400 concerned and committed parents, citizens, educators and supporters of public education came together in Milwaukee over the weekend for a Save Public Schools Community Strategy Session. The group focused on the devastating impact Governor Walker’s proposed state budget would have on public schools throughout the state, as well as proposals to turn over some Milwaukee public schools to private entities. “We’re going to fight this and we’re going to fight it hard,” said Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Vice President Kim Schroeder.

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Program shown to increase school engagement among Latino families

A new study identifies processes for improving the engagement of low-income Latino families with their children’s elementary schools. The researchers found the FAST program, an after-school program designed to strengthen relationships between families and schools, was highly effective at creating social interactions that aid in the nurturing of trusting relationships between low-income minority families and schools.

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