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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 13, 2019 03:48 PM
From: Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. and Sen. Patrick M. Browne
To: All Senate members
Subject: Community Integrated Schools for Success Pilot Program
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation to establish the Community Integrated Schools for Success pilot program. The goal of the program is to better support the needs of our students by integrating community-based services into our schools.

A recent hearing of the Senate Education Committee highlighted how several programs led by innovative and creative thinkers can have a tremendous impact on our students. The approach used by these schools connect students and their families with community-based organizations that address both academic and nonacademic barriers to learning. By providing these programs at the school, physical and behavioral health resources, in addition to basic needs such as food and clothing, can be provided to students quicker.

We would like to expand this success to more schools in this Commonwealth. Specifically, this legislation creates a pilot program, where schools can be designated as a Community Integrated School by the Secretary of Education. The school will then appoint a program manager to implement a community integration plan and to serve as the point of contact to facilitate the relationship between the school and community.

We think it’s time to embrace more community involvement in our schools and provide opportunities for students to receive these community-based services.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as SB850