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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2020 02:05 PM
From: Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. and Sen. Patrick M. Browne
To: All Senate members
Subject: Community Engaged Schools for Success Pilot Program
In the near future, we plan to reintroduce legislation to establish the Community Engaged Schools for Success pilot program. The goal of the program is to better support the needs of our students by engaging community-based services into our schools.

Last session during a Senate Education Committee public hearing, it was 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 Engaged School by the Secretary of Education. The school will then appoint a program manager to implement a community engagement 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.

Previous co-sponsors to this legislation were: Bartolotta, Phillips-Hill, Mastriano, Mensch, DiSanto, Aument, Muth, Yudichak and Schwank. In addition, Senate Bill 850 passed the Senate unanimously on February 4, 2020.  

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

Introduced as SB351