Highlights Casey's support for community schools -- public schools enhanced by partnerships with organizations that provide programs for the entire community in low-income neighborhoods. Includes profiles of successful schools and lessons learned.
- Successful Strategy: Families and communities have increased involvement with the schools and a willingness to address problems, demand higher standards, and become more active in their children's education.
- Successful Strategy: In one Indianapolis school, the graduation rate rose from approximately 30 percent to 70 percent after it became a community school.
- Successful Strategy: In San Diego County, a parent involvement initiative was successful enough to attract attention from the state, which will be using it as a template for a statewide program.
- Challenge: Without proper experience with expansion planning and full support from school leadership, a community school initiative in Washington State suffered setbacks.