SB19-102 (Zenzinger/Titone) Innovation School Operating As a Community School

Originally Posted: February 8, 2019
Last Updated: February 8, 2019

Summary

This bill would codify a definition for community schools in state law, clarifying that innovation schools can follow a community school model. The bill specifies a high threshold for community engagement in assessing needs of communities and developing a school’s strategic plan.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports the bill. Research supports the effectiveness of community school models because they include components that we know are good for kids and communities, such as integrated student supports, extended school days, culturally relevant curriculum, and extensive family engagement. The innovation schools law allows for the autonomy and flexibility needed to adopt extended school days and other offerings.

Current Status

Passed the Senate Education Committee on a vote of 3-1 and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote