In the 1990's, Cincinnati's schools were so bad that Ohio's Supreme Court deemed them unconstitutional and demanded a radical overhaul. The city answered the call with a remarkable innovation: They converted the schools into community learning centers, where healthcare, dental care and daycare could all happen in the building, right alongside academics. Wes looks at how community schools changed life in Cincinnati, and how Baltimore has begun to embrace the trend, as well.
Voices in this episode include:
Darlene Kamine, Executive Director of the Community Learning Center Institute in Cincinnati
Julia Baez, Senior Director of Initiatives for the Family League of Baltimore
Job Grotsky, Principal of Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School
Larry Simmons, Former Community School Coordinator for Westside Elementary, now Community School Coordinator for Tench-Tilghman