Low-Performing Wash. School Jumps to Top 50 Percent With Longer Days, Year

A Washington State elementary school that made dramatic learning gains and credited its success in part to a federal school improvement grant that enabled it to expand the school day and year is trying to keep the momentum going now that the money has run out.


Federal After-School Fund Is Not Effective, Argues Researcher

The federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program should be eliminated, says a Brookings Institution researcher, because the after-school programs it funds have not succeeded at improving academic outcomes for low-income students.


After-School Nonprofits at Risk From Poor Money-Management Skills, Study Finds

Nonprofits organizations providing after-school programs risk having to shut down because they lack basic financial management skills.


Parents Want Good Eating and Exercise in After-School Programs, Says Survey

Parents overwhelmingly report that their children's after-school programs provide healthy snacks and opportunities for physical activity, but results of a survey also find a lot of variability in quantity and quality of health and wellness after school.


Survey: Students in Calif. Career Pathway Programs on Track for Higher Grad Rates

A high school career pathway program called Linked Learning shows promise for boosting grades and reducing dropout rates but needs more work to improve standardized test scores and teacher training.


Vermont Bill Seeks to Expand Access to After-School Programs

A Vermont lawmaker proposes a bill to open before- and after-school programs in every community by establishing a $4.5 million matching-grant program.


Google's After-School Coding Course Aims to Bring Diversity to Computer Science

Google announces partnerships with New York City, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and AmeriCorps VISTA to bring its after-school computer coding program to more than 100,000 4th through 8th graders across the country.


4-H Club Expands College Prep Program to New York City's Hispanic Youth

The 4-H national youth organization is expanding an after-school dropout-prevention program for Hispanic high school students in New York City and two other cities with a $2 million grant from New York Life Foundation.


Calif. Students Scheduled to Run Errands Ask Judge to Require 'Real' Classes

Students at six California high schools ask a judge to issue a preliminary injunction and demand that state education officials intervene in scheduling problems at the schools that have resulted in the students losing weeks of instructional time and missing courses they need to graduate and apply for college.


Senators Boxer and Murkowski Move to Protect Federal After-School Grants

A bipartisan bill aims to strengthen the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and protect funds for after-school programs.


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