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CIS Calls on Congress to Take Action on ESEA

By Steve Majors Feb. 24, 2015

For the first time in nearly 15 years, Congress is rewriting the nation’s federal education law - the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Communities In Schools is calling on Congress to ensure that ESEA allows local communities to use programs proven to help kids stay in school and graduate. Communities In Schools recently outlined our request to Congress in a full-page ad in the Washington Post.

CIS President Dan Cardinali and Vice President of Legislative Relations Dan Fuller have also participated in a series of national radio interviews to explain why ESEA represents our nation's best opportunity to help poor students overcome barriers at school. Listen to an excerpt of Dan Cardinali's interview.

In those interviews, they pointed to new data from the Southern Education Foundation which found that low-income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools. Those students, who often come to school hungry, homeless or in need of warm clothes and basic medical services, cannot focus in the classroom. Our nearly 40 years of experience working with students and independent research results from organizations like Child Trends, demonstrates that wraparound services (integrated student supports) can remove those non-academic barriers to learning and help improve educational outcomes for school kids. Listen to Dan Fuller's interview with the North Carolina Radio News Network.

Armed with that evidence, Communities In Schools is asking Congress to ensure that ESEA:

  • Includes specific language allowing funding for wraparound services to help poor students to stay in school and succeed in life.
  • Creates a dedicated grant for wraparound services to enable those local educators that choose to work with proven programs like Communities In Schools.
  • Prioritizes funding for programs with proven results to protect kids and taxpayers – the type of programs run by Communities In Schools which serves nearly 1.5 million kids in 2,400 schools nationally. 

Communities In Schools is also calling on communities to take action by contacting members of Congress and ask them to allow wraparound services in ESEA.  Visit  to learn more information and send a direct message to Congress that  we can’t afford to leave poor students behind.