The City of Little Rock is hosting two virtual town halls this month to discuss its plan for introducing community schools into the Little Rock School District (LRSD) during the 2020-2021 school year.
Community programs such as the Central Arkansas Library System’s Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library, Urban League of Arkansas, League of Women Voters of Pulaski County, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas United, and the City of Little Rock’s Commission on Children, Youth, and Families, and Community Programs are partnering with the city to host the town halls.
The town hall will discuss the four pillars of the community schooling model. These attributes, according to the City of Little Rock, include, “integrated student support individualized to students’ needs,” increased learning time and opportunities with increased enrichment, making school as neighborhood hub by providing services needed by parents and community members, and creating a collaborative leadership model.
The official set of 2020-2021 LRSD community schools is not public knowledge yet. According to a City of Little Rock press release, the city will disclose the list in the coming weeks. The city reportedly expects to add more community schools into the LRSD in the 2021-2022 school year.