Community Partnerships

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School, Home and Community Partnerships

It seems that everybody agrees that it is important to form strong partnerships between schools, homes and their communities, but there is a decided lack of information about how to go about achieving that goal. In 2010, President Obama signed the executive order, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics which includes provisions for strengthening home and community partnerships with schools. The President pointed out that only about half of all Latino students earn their high school diplomas on time and even if they do graduate, they are half as likely to be prepared for success in college. Only 13% of Latinos have bachelor’s degrees and 4% have graduate degrees. The executive order included measures to provide funding for early childhood programs from early day care to pre-school and funding for “promise communities” and other “Public-private” partneships aimed at community education reform. The need for more Latino teachers was also discussed. Just in case people erroneously think that this order is aimed at helping immigrants, the White House pointed out that 78% of ELL students were born in the USA but that 82% report Spanish is the
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They also pointed out that there are many types of household structures and any effort must be sensitive to the culture of the community that is to be served. One of the important points made is that many members of minority groups or lower socio-economic families is that they have bad memories of their negative experiences in school and do not feel comfortable in interacting with teachers who do not understand their realities. They also point out that community partnerships fall on a continuum between helping families address basic needs to encouraging involvement in the community and political

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