Sen. Sylvia Garcia has pre-filed for the 2017 state legislative session a bill recognizing that community schools constitute a proven measure to improve schools. Community schools are developed by parent-teacher-community partners who come together to identify and marshal the services the students at a campus and their families need to support academic success. This model is especially valuable and effective for struggling campuses that must develop a turnaround plan that meets state requirements.
Sen. Garcia’s SB 193, likely the first of several bills along these lines, would block school closure to give a struggling campus time to implement a community-school plan. Last session similar bills drew strong bipartisan support but were bottled up without coming to a vote in the Texas Senate.