For New York City Community Schools Last Week Was Definitely Eventful

New York, NY – According to Christopher Caruso, executive director of New York City Department of Education’s Office of Community Schools,  last week was pretty successful for NYC community schools.  Below is what he shared with the NYC Community Schools Advisory Board –Jane Quinn, NCCS director is part of this advisory,  NCCS also provides technical assistance to the NYC Community schools initiative .
On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery announced a significant expansion of Community Schools.  The 69 new Community Schools are funded through federal 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) grants.  New York State awarded the DOE $25 million per year for up to five years. This expansion will bring the total number of NYC DOE Community Schools to 215 in the 2017-18 school year.   Here is a list of the 69 new schools and CBOs.  
There was significant press coverage of announcement including the NY TimesChalkbeat, NY Daily News, Wall Street Journal, DNA Info, Staten Island AdvanceNews 12, ABC 7, NY 1.  In September 2017, more students will be enrolled in NYC Community Schools than the entire student populations of Baltimore or Denver.
Also, as you may know, the Coalition for Community Schools has selected the New York City Community Schools Initiative for its 2017 Awards for Excellence. They also recognized PS 188, The Island School, for one of three Individual Community School Awards.  Chancellor Fariña and Deputy Mayor Buery will be accepting the award on behalf of the City at an award ceremony/symposium to be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on June 5.