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ABC Community School Partnership Highlighted in Report from American Federation of Teachers

Albuquerque Community Schools

In 2012, José Muñoz, the newly appointed executive director of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County (N.M.) Community School Partnership (ABC), approached Ellen Bernstein, president of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, with a request. Muñoz wanted ATF’s help with drafting a resolution that would promote the community school model and bolster the area’s struggling schools and students from imperiled communities.

Bernstein had long been a proponent of the community school model, having heard of it first under the leadership of the late AFT president, Albert Shanker, and later having the importance of the model reaffirmed by AFT President Randi Weingarten.
She knew community schools had the remarkable power not only to help teachers and students, but also to stabilize entire communities by opening the doors of the schools to new partnerships and resources.

Read the rest of the report.