Communities In Schools (CIS), the national organization that works inside public district and charter schools, empowering at-risk students to achieve in school and succeed in life, today praised Congress for approving a spending bill that maintains critical funding for programs that will benefit the nation’s most at-risk students. The approved budget includes an increase in Title I funding for disadvantaged students, an increase in funding for 21st CCLC, which supports after-school and summer learning programs, and sustained funding for AmeriCorps—all of which support students in need and organizations like CIS.
“We commend Congress for recognizing that children in poverty need a community of support to help them overcome the barriers they face,” said Communities In Schools President and CEO Dale Erquiaga. “Lawmakers heard from our parents, staffers, education partners, the afterschool community, volunteers and AmeriCorps supporters who spoke out about the need for programs in their community that ensure all kids can succeed in school and in life. While we are gratified by the result, we are encouraging these stakeholders to be vigilant because the administration and Congress must now get to work on next year’s budget and ensure we have the resources to deliver much needed services to the country’s most vulnerable children.”
“For 40 years, Communities In Schools has been all in for kids,” said Tiffany Miller, Vice President of Government Relations for CIS. “Over that time, we have successfully worked with federal, state and local lawmakers to inform them about the effectiveness of programs that allow us to deliver our model of academic and non-academic supports. We are hopeful that we can continue to work with Congress and the administration to ensure that the next budget also includes these vital investments in our nation’s young people.”
The CIS model of services, called Integrated Student Supports, is informed by numerous independent studies and 40 years of work supporting the nation’s most at-risk students. A recent report highlighted the success of CIS and showed that among the students who receive the most intensive supports, 99 percent remain in school, 93 percent are promoted to the next grade, and 85 percent meet their academic goals.
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.