Communities In Schools Applauds the President's Education Priorities

Jan 28, 2010, 13:48 ET from Communities In Schools

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Communities In Schools President Daniel J. Cardinali on the education funding priorities outlined by President Barack Obama in last night's State of the Union address:

"Communities In Schools applauds President Obama for his continuing commitment to ensuring all students have the resources they need to achieve and succeed, both in school and in life.  The President's pledge to increase education funding by $1.3 billion for "Race to the Top" and to foster innovation and promote reform in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is an investment in our children, our communities and our future.  As the nation's largest dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools looks forward to using our 30 years of experience, our national network, and our proven model to meet the President's bold challenge."

Communities In Schools is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization, working in more than 3,200 K-12 public schools.  Founded in 1977, Communities In Schools is headquartered in Alexandria, Va.  Today, 1.2 million young people annually receive direct services through more than 200 Communities In Schools local affiliates in 27 states and the District of Columbia.  Between 80-90 percent of Communities In Schools' tracked students show improvement in academic achievement, attendance, behavior and promotion to the next grade level.  Visit our website at

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