2012.03.21 Rene Gonzales: Help keep students in school

Written by David Green.

Every twenty-six seconds a child drops out of school. Less than three quarters of the students who enter the ninth grade graduate four years later.  

At Communities In Schools of Lenawee, we help the kids facing the greatest challenges empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. 

Communities In Schools (CIS) places site coordinators in schools to benefit students most in need and their families. These site coordinators fulfill student needs by mobilizing existing community resources and fostering cooperative partnerships.  

CIS utilizes evidence-based research to support their model. This model demonstrated the strongest reduction in dropout rates according to an independent study. We believe this evidence of effectiveness is to ensure that children, particularly those most in need are provided programs proven to be effective. This approach would also ensure adequate protection of taxpayer dollars.

As the President and Congress deliberate education legislation like the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we hope they support opportunities to include funding for site coordinators to use evidence-based programs as a fundamental part of school reform.

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