Closing the Gap Between School & Community Partnerships || An assessment of schools in Indianapolis 2021 is a comprehensive, research-based analysis of barriers to student success and recommended solutions we can address together.
Our children spend a significant amount of time in school – and success in school sets the foundation for
successful careers and contribution to our communities. However, in recent decades, we have seen what the
disinvestment to public education has done to individual schools and school systems. The past year, during the
Covid-19 global pandemic, schools have faced even more challenges, navigating school closures, virtual
learning, and hybrid models. Research clearly connects multiple external factors and academic success.
If education is truly to be an engine of opportunity and economic mobility, states and the federal government must invest far more in the communities that need resources most.
It is the local community that needs to own the commitment to education. - Adam Braun
Trust is an integral part of creating a safe space at school for students and their families. - Kate Roelecke
Researchers outline four categories of school capacity: human capital, social capital, program coherence, and resources. All four categories are enhanced through the investment of funding.
Schools across the country face similar challenges. Disinvestment in K-12 funding since the 2008 recession has affected school inputs such as teacher salaries and student resources while also significantly impacting outcomes such as academic achievement and opportunity.
School districts and communities do not compete for this revenue equally. Communities with higher socioeconomic populations generate more tax revenue for schools to benefit from, while lower-income communities generate a smaller tax base for schools to access.
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