As interest in school improvement has become an increasingly salient national issue in the 1990's, interest in community service and service-learning as an integral part of education and educational improvement has shown a similar increase. In Pennsylvania, the proportion of school districts offering academic credit for community service has grown from 5% in 1989 to 20% in 1992; the number of school districts requiring community service for graduation has grown from one to seven. A series of national studies and reports including the Carnegie Commission's 'Turning Points," the W. T. Grant Commission's "Forgotten Half," and Dr. Ernest Boyer's influential books.High School and College have urged that community service become an expected part of growing up m America.
Volunteer Centers of Pennsylvania, ""Connections" Volunteer Centers and Schools: Partners for Service-Learning" (1993). Partnerships/Community. 2.