Ohio’s lieutenant governor visits a City Connects program – and calls on his state to invest in students’ success

 

It’s budget season in Ohio, and last week, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and other state officials, including Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, visited Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton to see City Connects in action.

Husted is encouraging his state to increase its investment in students’ success.

“We believe that this is a replicable model that can be used in public schools and other schools across the state,” Husted tells WHIO Television. “And we want the new money that’s being put into the budget to serve these students to go to programs like this.”

“The visit comes as legislators are considering a new $550 million allocation in the state budget to provide similar ‘wraparound services’ to Ohio schools,” the Dayton Daily News reports. “That budget has already passed the Ohio House, and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted advocated for the plan Friday.” Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 5/20/19

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A new study finds that the benefits of preschool cross generations.

Colorado legislators invest in more mental health care for children.

A school-based legal clinic addresses the needs of Los Angeles’ immigrant families.

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The Weekly Connect 5/13/19

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

City Connects’ model of integrated student support stands out because of evidence that shows it helps reduce dropout rates.

Maine is a step closer to expanding its pre-K programs statewide.

San Francisco’s plan to reduce segregation backfires.

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The Weekly Connect 5/6/19

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

Many low-income and minority students live in communities with limited access to extracurricular activities.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that establishes a Children’s Behavioral Health System State Board to oversee and implement the creation of a statewide system.

The United States could face a child care affordability crisis.

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The Weekly Connect 4/29/19

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Early educators do not have to choose between strong relationships and academic rigor. They can have both in their classrooms.

Tennessee’s Legislature is hammering out a school voucher plan.

New York University trains all teachers to use special education and dual language learner strategies.

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A roadmap for policymakers: a new brief shares lessons about boosting students’ success

A new policy brief, written by our colleagues at Boston College’s Center for Optimized Student Support, shares the lessons of City Connects with policymakers, explaining how integrated student support can ignite success even when students face poverty, mental health challenges, traumatic experiences, and other out-of-school burdens.

The brief – “Building Systems of Integrated Student Support A Policy Brief for Local and State Leaders” – explains the problems policymakers face:

“When leaders examine the existing tangle of programs, services, agencies, and funding streams in the context of deep needs among children and persistent academic achievement and opportunity gaps, impactful ways to transform chaotic service delivery systems are often hard to identify and harder to realize.”

Fortunately, over the last fifteen years, “insights from the sciences of child and youth development, experimentation in communities, and mounting outcomes data point to an approach that is producing results: integrated student support.” Continue reading

The Weekly Connect 4/22/19

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

A new policy brief shares how City Connects provides integrated student support — and how this work can guide policymaking.

Pre-K spending grows but quality lags, according to the State of Preschool Yearbook released by NIEER, the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Two New York City school districts have launched middle school integration plans that may be making a positive difference.

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The Weekly Connect 4/15/19

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These are some of the things we’ve been reading about:

New principals can boost student achievement.

Therapy dogs go to school.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh pledges to invest $15 million in pre-K programs.

School teachers talk about how they are meeting the needs of migrant children.

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