December 2007 Your Turn

If we had asked, “Do you want to set up community schools?” the response might have been different. But, alas, you live in the real world of school governance, where time and resources are often scarce and priorities difficult to set. And although community school advocates would argue that community schools are cost-effective when the right collaborators are brought in, it does take time to establish those relationships.

Instead, we asked, “Have you created at least one community school?” And while 35 percent of you answered “yes,” another 50 percent said no and that you have no plans to do so. Five percent said you’re planning to create community schools, and 10 percent answered “none of the above.”

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