Res. No. 287
Resolution calling upon the Mayor of the City of New York and the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education to expand the use of the community learning schools model.
By Council Members Torres and Treyger
Whereas, Non-academic factors such as where students live, family instability, poverty, homelessness, and inadequate access to health care negatively impact student achievement; and
Whereas, One out of five children in New York City depends on emergency food for their next meal; and
Whereas, More than 22,000 children in New York City sleep in homeless shelters each night; and
Whereas, In 2015, more than 28% of children in New York City lived below the federal poverty line; and
Whereas, The community learning schools model acknowledges the influence of these factors on a child’s academic achievement; and
Whereas, The model was created in collaboration between the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City Council, the Partnership of New York City, and Trinity Wall Street; and
Whereas, The community learning schools model partners public schools and service organizations to support the academic, social service, and health needs of school children, their families and communities; and
Whereas, As of December 2017, there are 29 community learning schools across the five boroughs of which there are high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools; and
Whereas, Community learning schools are a type of community school; and
Whereas, Studies have shown that community schools can increase student attendance and scores in math and reading; and
Whereas, Studies in the United States by the Bright Research Group, Economic Modeling Specialists, and The Finance Project show that for each dollar spent on community schools, there are greater returns to society; and
Whereas, One such study in New York City found a social return on investment of $10.30 per dollar of investment at PS 5 Ellen Lurie Elementary School and $14.30 at the Salomé Ureña campus; now therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Mayor of the City of New York and the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education to expand the use of the community learning schools model.