Tennessee’s 2014 Community Schools Law

Best Practices’s Docs Tennessee's 2014 Community Schools Law

In 2014, State Representative Gloria Johnson passed a law to facilitate the creation of Community Schools in Tennessee. These schools are described in the law, Section 3.8:

(8) A community school is a traditional school that actively partners with its community to leverage existing resources and identify new resources to support the transformation of the school to provide enrichment and additional life skill opportunities for students, parents, and community members at large. Each community school is unique because its programming is designed by and for the school staff, in partnership with parents, community stakeholders, and students;

Social services, adult ed, health clinics, and other resources for the entire family are offered at Community Schools.

See our brief description of what a Community School is in the FAQ here.

Check out the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships on Community-Student Partnerships and also from UPenn, their examples of Community-Assisted Schools.

 

Here’s what the law’s text says:

Tennessee Community Schools Law, 2014

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