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Almost 15 years ago, Charlotte’s civic leaders and neighborhood activists created the Renaissance West Community Initiative with the vision of revitalizing a west Charlotte neighborhood through an education village approach.

This initiative is part of a national movement — and represents one of Charlotte’s most ambitious efforts to break the cycle of poverty.

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After a decade, Charlotte’s vision for an education village inches toward its goals

Renaissance West is part of a national movement that strives to link high-quality schools with mixed-income housing and family support that can help multiple generations thrive. A decade in, there are visible signs of success and painful reminders of how difficult the work is. […]

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In Atlanta, a neighborhood, a golf course and a charter school inspire Charlotte’s work

A look at the Atlanta neighborhood and charter school that inspired this approach. […]

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Gains on NC test scores could invigorate Renaissance West’s education village

Last week about 700 students returned to Renaissance West STEAM Academy — which, for the foreseeable future, will remain a pre–K-8 school. Volunteers from Bank of America and Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church joined school employees in welcoming students and families with music, cheers and high fives. […]

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