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Statement of Position on
Urban, At-Risk, Low Performing Schools

This statement of position seeks to address the educational disparities faced by at-risk urban schools by providing additional resources, support, and opportunities for improvement. Our position aims to bridge the achievement gap and create an equitable learning environment for students attending schools in urban areas.


Resource Allocation

Increased Funding

  • Allocate additional federal funding specifically designated for at-risk urban schools based on factors such as student population, socioeconomic status, and academic performance.

  • Ensure that funding is distributed equitably to support targeted interventions and initiatives.

  • Technology and Infrastructure Upgrades

  • Provide grants to urban schools to upgrade technology infrastructure and ensure access to modern educational tools.

  • Support the installation of high-speed internet connections, provide devices for students, and improve computer labs and classroom technology.


Support Services

Wraparound Services

  • Establish comprehensive wraparound services that address the diverse needs of students in at-risk urban schools.

  • Provide resources for mental health counseling, social work support, and academic intervention programs.

  • Parent and Community Engagement

  • Promote partnerships between schools, parents, and community organizations to foster a supportive and engaged learning environment.

  • Allocate funds for parent education programs, workshops, and activities that enhance parental involvement in their children's education.


Professional Development

Provide funding for targeted professional development programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of teachers and school staff in addressing the unique challenges faced by at-risk urban schools.

Support ongoing training in culturally responsive teaching, trauma-informed practices, and strategies for supporting diverse student populations.

Curriculum and Instruction

Enriched Curriculum Offerings

  • Expand access to a comprehensive and enriched curriculum that includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), vocational training, and career exploration programs.

  • Offer specialized courses in cultural studies, social justice, and diversity to promote inclusivity and empower students to understand and celebrate their identity.

  • Early Intervention Programs

  • Implement early literacy and numeracy intervention programs to ensure that students are equipped with essential skills from the beginning of their education.

  • Support early childhood education initiatives to foster school readiness and reduce achievement gaps.


Community Partnerships

Business and Corporate Sponsorships:

  • Encourage partnerships between urban schools and local businesses and corporations to provide additional resources and support.

  • Facilitate mentorship programs, internships, and job placement opportunities for students, creating meaningful connections between education and the workforce.


Higher Education Collaborations:

Establish collaborations between urban schools and nearby colleges and universities to offer tutoring programs, college preparation courses, and mentoring opportunities for at-risk students.

Provide resources for college counselors and advisors to support students' college and career aspirations.


Evaluation and Accountability

Data Collection and Reporting:

Develop a comprehensive data collection system to track the progress and outcomes of at-risk urban schools, including academic performance, graduation rates, and post-secondary success.

Regularly publish transparent reports to help identify areas for improvement and inform policy decisions.


School Improvement Plans:

Require at-risk urban schools to establish and implement targeted improvement plans based on data analysis and input from the school community.

Support schools in accessing technical assistance and expertise to create effective strategies for academic success.


Funding Provision

Funding Allocation:

Allocate federal funding specifically designated for the implementation and ongoing operations of the Urban Schools Resource and Support Expansion Act.

Coordinate with state and local governments to leverage additional resources and maximize impact.


Grant Programs:

Establish grant programs to provide financial assistance and incentives to at-risk urban schools that demonstrate progress and innovation in improving student outcomes.

Encourage collaboration among urban school districts to share best practices and promote collective learning.


The Urban Schools Resource and Support Expansion Act aims to address educational disparities in at-risk urban schools through increased funding, enhanced support services, improved curriculum offerings, community partnerships, and accountability measures. By providing the necessary resources and support, this bill endeavors to create equitable opportunities for all students and improve their educational outcomes.

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