The Washington Post
Mayors, new and old, are best positioned to build these new systems and become the face of this growing “new localism” in education and human capital development. Cities such as Oakland, Louisville, and Providence, and leaders such as Mayor Libby Schaaf, Mayor Greg Fischer, and Mayor Jorge Elorza, are working with a Harvard initiative, By All Means, and community leaders to craft an interconnected web of supports and opportunities in service of a new social compact between communities and families. In Salem, Mass., for example every K-8 student has an individualized success plan which plots needs and responses to get each child to success.
This new localism also features community-centered efforts like StriveTogether, Communities in Schools, the Promise Neighborhoods and Say Yes to Education, which are experienced, collective impact organizations. Read more