At the start of the 2019 Mississippi House Session, Representative Abe Hudson, a Democratic member from District 29 – Bolivar & Sunflower, introduced HB1405, the Community Schools Planning and Implementation Grant Fund program. This legislation would authorize a competitive planning and implementation grant to provide a comprehensive set of services for low-income students, families, and communities in Mississippi.
Community schools are public schools that partner with families and community organizations to provide comprehensive educational services for academic success at elementary or secondary schools. A full-time coordinator stationed in the school ensures students and the local community have access to services such as healthcare, housing, mental health services, healthy food, and academic tutors.
With a commitment to community schools, low-income students in Mississippi could receive critical non-academic support needed for them to be successful in and out of the classroom. The Southern Education Foundation along with a key local Mississippi partner, the Institute for Democratic Education in America, fully endorse the Community Schools bill and greatly appreciate prioritizing services for the whole child, the entire family, and the local communities in Mississippi.
Additional information on the Community Schools bill can be found here: https://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2019/pdf/HB/1400-1499/HB1405IN.pdf