Summer Learning Programs Reinstated in New York City

Amid mounting criticism, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reversed himself and agreed to continue funding summer programs for as many as 44,000 low-income middle school students.


Baltimore Sweeps Awards for Top Community Schools

Baltimore City Public Schools received the most honors in the country from the Coalition for Community Schools for developing school and community partnerships that have improved student achievement as well as the health and well-being of students and their families.


N.Y.C. Restores After-School Funds, Cuts Millions for Summer Programs

Less than two months after awarding grants for middle school summer programs, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rescinded the funding, leaving as many as 40,000 students scrambling to find another spot.


Study: Summer Reading Loss Reversed When Students Get Books to Keep

Summer reading loss was not only stopped, but turned around among low-income students in a two-year study of a program developed by Reading is Fundamental that gave away hundreds of thousands of books.


California Seeks NCLB Waiver to Fund Expanded Learning

California's state board of education voted to seek a federal waiver so districts with failing schools can develop their own tutoring programs instead of having to hire outside providers.


17 New York City After-School Sites to Close Despite Proposed Budget Increase

Despite New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to add $190 million to support after-school programs in the city's middle schools, children's advocates say another $5.9 million is needed to save 17 other after-school programs, serving 1,882 students, from losing their funding at the end of June.


Too Little Exercise, Too Much Screen Time Makes Summer Weighty for Children

Vulnerable children and teenagers at risk for gaining weight during the summer due from spending too much time in front of a TV or computer, eating unhealthy food, and not getting enough exercise, according to a new survey of parents by the YMCA and American Academy of Pediatrics.


Setback for California Students Alleging Schools Gave Them Non-Existent Classes

A California judge rejected a request by students at six low-income high schools to compel the state to step in and ensure they received the same access to classes as students at other schools, writing that attorneys for the students didn't provide enough evidence to compare their lost learning time to that at other, similar high schools.


Scores Drop For Black Students, Rise For Others in Study of Expanded Reading Class

Black students lost ground in reading while their white, Asian, and Latino classmates improved in a district program to prevent them from slipping during the transition from elementary to middle school.


Longer School Days and Years Catching On in Public K-12

The number of public schools adding time to the school day or year has doubled in the past two years, according to a new study, and, for the first time, traditional schools that have lengthened the day or year outnumber charter schools.


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