Policy Advocacy Brief
Issue Statement/Executive Summary
While many students across Minnesota (MN) receive an excellent education, too often disenfranchised children and children from under-resourced families do not obtain the same educational benefits and outcomes as their peers. Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) offer a better path to equity and excellence by welcoming community agencies as partners in school improvement by bringing community services into the school and empowering the people closest to students to examine disparities and target racial and economic opportunity gaps. Building on the success of the FSCS model, Minnesota legislators are proposing a $90,000,000 allocation to support and expand FSCS throughout the state. With the proposed allocation of funds, and support from Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota would be well on its way to providing a holistic education approach across multiple districts in the state.
Dabu, A., Olson, K., Paulson, A., & Warner, K. (2023). Expanding full-service community schools in Minnesota. MSW Program Policy Advocacy Briefs, Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/msw-student-policy-advocacy-briefs/45