Judy Chu Intros Bill to Develop Partnership Between Public Schools and Communities
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) on Friday introduced legislation that would develop partnerships between schools and communities she says would ensure that students have the support system they need to succeed. The Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement (DIPLOMA) Act aims to provide federal grants to states to support community schools and develop a comprehensive child and youth strategy. States would award subgrants to schools that work with at least one community partner such as local governments or academic institutions, local nonprofits, child and youth organizations, or local businesses and foundations. The funds would then be used to increase support for early childhood education, early reading programs, child care, home visiting, parental education, and support mentoring, among other things. Chu, a former California educator, said her bill would help address these barriers that prevent success and promote community investment in students. “We trust our public schools to educate and prepare our future leaders, but they do not exist on an island, they are a part of our community, and therefore, both community and school stand to gain from working together,” Chu said. “This bill not only encourages those partnerships, but provides the grant funding necessary to make them successful.” More here.