January 2011 Archives

Maryland residents may be able to donate directly to public after-school programs on their tax returns next year, if a bill is passed this session in the state legislature. The legislation, written by the Maryland Out of School Time Network (MOST), would add a checkoff item on tax returns enabling individuals to donate money for programs that support K-12 students in after-school hours. These donations would go into an activity fund used to support the Maryland Afterschool and Summer Learning Activity Program, an umbrella initiative able to award grants to after-school and out-of school- time organizations that meet certain standards. ...

"The middle school years are a vital time to teach the importance of college and career readiness and the linkages to success in life."

The article itself talks about the importance of making out-of-school-time (OST)learning different from in-classroom education and also references research on the gap in summer learning experiences between children of different socioeconomic classes and the long-term negative impact on children from poor families.

One thing that struck me about what I've read about the book—and, no, I haven't actually read the book—is Chua's ironclad control of her children's after-school time.

A quick look at some noteworthy after-school conferences coming up around the country.

The Kumon corporation was named the No. 1 tutoring franchise and ranked 14th out of 500 corporate franchises worldwide, in Entrepreneur magazine's 32nd annual "Franchise 500" issue, just released for 2011. The honor marks the 10th year in a row the organization has been picked as the top tutoring franchise, an assessment based on two years of data measuring stability, finances, growth, and overall business quality. According to the rankings, Kumon was in the same league as Dunkin' Donuts and Days Inn. Kumon, which specializes in math and reading tutoring for pre-K through high school students, was founded more than ...

The Nashville Afterschool Zone Alliance provides free tutoring and activities. City officials and school leaders see it as a success.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is replacing Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) as a co-chair of the Senate's Afterschool Caucus.


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