Closing the Achievement Gap: Integrating Nonprofit Community Based Partnerships in Low Income School District Improvement Plans

Rhonda Franklin
Presentation Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Event or Conference: 
Conference of Minority Public Administrators
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Presentation Location: 
Jackson, MS 39217
United States
There are clear linkages between education and poverty in America. Research shows that public schools with higher concentrations of poverty and minority children have low levels of academic achievement (Friedman, 2015). Researchers cite parental, family, and community involvement as a key to addressing the school dropout crisis and note that strong school-family-community partnerships foster higher educational aspirations and more motivated students (NEA, 2008). Using a case study analysis, this paper presentation will examine how school district policies integrate nonprofit community based partnerships in low income schools’ improvement plans in the Atlanta metropolitan area.