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Opportunities for Community Schools in ESSA

Recently, the Coalition for Community Schools hosted their biannual partners meeting, with special guest speaker, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)- a longtime advocate of Community Schools. The main focus of the meeting was on how the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law, formerly No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is ripe with opportunity for Community Schools and the time to harness this opportunity is NOW. … more

Reflections on the 2016 State of the Union and Challenge for the Alliance Network

As I listened to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, I couldn’t help but reflect on the role our sector has played in bringing our nation’s promise to life. As community stewards, the work we do every day is the foundation of the economic vitality of America’s hometowns and neighborhoods. … more

Budget Update: Still Opportunities for Advocacy

In our last blog post, we expressed our concern for the nearing debt ceiling default date and the ending of the temporary continuing resolution for the nation’s budget. Along with many other human service organizations, we asked congress to prevent the U.S. from going into default on its ability to pay its loans and grant sequestration relief to both defense and non-defense discretionary spending. It appears that the work of our sector has paid off, as the House and Senate passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Oct. 30. The deal lifts the amount the U.S. can borrow, increasing our debt ceiling, and providing a two-year budget that contains sequestration relief. … more

Insights from the White House Conference on Aging

2015 marks milestone anniversaries for the Older Americans Act, which turned turned 50, as did Medicare and Medicaid, and Social Security celebrated its 80th year! Fittingly, we were able to celebrate and reflect on these monumental programs during the fifth White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). I was proud to represent the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities network as part of this special event, which has been held every decade, as a way to reflect, innovate, and plan for the future of aging policy and practice in America. … more

March Madness: Congressional Style

Much like the excitement of strategically filling out brackets and watching college basketball teams progress in the March Madness NCAA tournament, legislative action on the hill was a head-spinning sport to observe in March. For those of us with children, families, and communities at the top of our brackets, March proved to be a nail biter until the very end for funding and for valuable programs such as Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). … more


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