Urban Dists Copy Charter Summer Programs

Reprinted from USA Today

BALTIMORE – It’s 2:30 p.m. on a glorious summer day and 9-year-old Taylor Bradford is indoors, lying face-down on a sleeping bag … with a book. Elbows out, her dangling black braids weighted by colorful plastic barrettes, she scans a worn paperback copy of Corduroy, a classic children’s story, then quickly finishes it and jumps up to find another.

In the next room at Langston Hughes Elementary School, Brittney Witt, also 9, is gluing tissue paper onto a Styrofoam picture frame as she learns about primary colors. Two doors down, students are busy making up rhymes about green vegetables.

O, summer school, where is thy sting?

Actually, cities across the USA are rethinking it. While summer school still serves as grim remediation for many students who fail courses during the academic year, more school districts now view it less as a last-resort than as an inexpensive ounce of prevention, a way to head off failure and reduce the achievement gap.

The movement is inspired in many cases by research showing huge losses of academic skills among students over the long summer break and by successful urban charter schools that require summer sessions.

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