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Detroit Story Booth
July 19, 2017
This Detroit educator used a sense of community and mentorship to help a student through a personal tragedy
Wright told her Detroit school story as part of Chalkbeat's Story Booth series, which began last spring with our storytelling launch event at the Charles H. Wright Museum.
By the numbers
May 1, 2017
Budget deal would spare AmeriCorps, which supports thousands of schools
Schools and education nonprofits that rely on AmeriCorps workers may soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief — at least temporarily.
By the numbers
March 16, 2017
$1.4 billion for school choice, AmeriCorps cuts, and other details from Trump’s first budget proposal
Trump wants to kickstart his plan to boost school choice with $1.4 billion for charter schools, private schools, and funds designed to follow students.
cause and effect
February 23, 2017
Trump’s proposed AmeriCorps cuts would trim .03 percent of the federal budget — but slash support at 11,000 schools
The program has been threatened before, but AmeriCorps members and supporters have good reason to fear this time could be different.
August 17, 2015
City Year tutoring program targeted for Memphis, thanks to $150k philanthropic donation
The education-focused nonprofit uses AmeriCorps members and has gained notoriety for its ability to cut down on student absenteeism and boost graduation rates.
April 7, 2015
City to use Americorps to staff struggling schools with mentors
Americorps will spend $5.8 million over the next two school years to send 300 civil service members to work on de Blasio's community schools initiative.
April 22, 2009
Most schools already meeting the mayor's call to service
Part of the million pennies raised by schools through Penny Harvest. Photo from ##http://insideschools.blogspot.com/search?q=%22penny+harvest%22##Insideschools##. City principals will have to submit plans in October explaining how they’ll meet the Mayor Bloomberg's new service requirement for schools, but it shouldn't be an onerous task for most of them. Most schools, particularly at the high school level, already engage in some service, according to Department of Education spokeswoman Kerri Lyon. At Manhattan Bridges High School in Midtown, for example, students have always been required to log 40 hours of service before they graduate, Principal Mirza Sanchez Medina told me yesterday. Other schools announced service initiatives this week that were planned before Bloomberg's announcement: Students from the Academy of Urban Planning and the Bushwick School for Social Justice planted 16 trees in between their campuses in honor of Earth Day, and kids at Harlem’s PS 57 pitched ideas for community-improvement grants to Scholastic’s Be Big Fund. For the many schools that already engage in service, the mayor's initiative should expand the number of volunteer options available to students, Lyon said. And schools that have never participated in service before can start slowly, such as by joining Penny Harvest, the popular program where kids donate pennies to charities of their choice, she said.
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