Policy Corner

Your resource for updates about our policy priorities.

At Communities In Schools, we work directly inside K-12 schools to build relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life. We take an active voice in policy discussions to ensure that lawmakers prioritize strategies, like Integrated Student Supports, that can decrease dropout rates, increase graduation rates, tackle chronic absenteeism and increase the number of students graduating ready for college.

Urge Congress to Keep Vital Youth Programs

We know that children in poverty require a network of support to overcome the adult-sized challenges they face. But in an extremely tight budget year, even those policymakers who have been avid supporters of these programs in the past may feel stressed by other funding priorities.

Policymakers want to hear from their constituents about what matters in the communities that they serve. By joining our advocacy team, you will receive updates and alerts at times when your voice is needed to help ensure that youth-serving programs are a priority in Congress.

We owe it to our young people to demonstrate that we are all in this together for their future success. Click on the button below and join us today!

Bills We’ve Endorsed

Mentoring to Succeed Act 2017

This bill would amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to allow the U.S. Department of Education to award competitive grants to eligible entities to establish, expand, or support school-based mentoring programs to assist at-risk students in middle school and high school in developing cognitive and social-emotional skills to prepare them for success in high school, postsecondary education, and the workforce.

Chronic Absenteeism Reduction Act

This bill would amend the Every Student Succeeds Act to allow local educational agencies to use Federal funds under Title IV, Part A for programs and activities that address chronic absenteeism.

Child Protection Improvements Act

This bill would amend the National Child Protection Act to direct the Department of Justice to establish a program to provide national criminal history background checks and criminal history reviews for individuals who apply to work or volunteer at organizations that serve children, elderly adults, or individuals with disabilities.

How You Can Help

As the nation's largest provider of Integrated Student Supports, we know from experience and from independent research results that when delivered with quality, these programs effectively improve academic outcomes for kids in school.

We are gratified that our leaders in Congress looked at the evidence and determined that Integrated Student Supports is an effective and cost-efficient use of resources. While there is still much work to be done to serve the 14.5 million kids under 18 living in poverty in our country, we are encouraged by this important milestone. 

CIS has already submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on implementation and guidance, and we will continue working to make sure the new law is implemented effectively. From time to time, your participation can help us make that happen. So please sign up for our eNewsletter for important updates.

For now, thank you for standing with our students and helping to change the picture of education in America.