Blair, Duncan Push Schools as Community Hubs
Britain’s former leader joins U.S. education chief in urging expanded role.
The campaign to turn more schools into community hubs got an injection of star power last week from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who headlined an event on the topic sponsored by the Center for American Progress.
The occasion was the release of a new report by the Washington-based think tank pointing to England as a model for the nationwide spread of community schools, which offer a venue for both academics and social services.
By next year, all of England’s 23,000 public schools will become “extended schools” open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the year—a key education priority of Mr. Blair’s administration, which aimed both to make schools a place of learning and to give them a central...
This article is available to subscribers only.
To keep reading this article and more, subscribe now or start a 2-week FREE trial.
Access selected articles, e-newsletters and more!