Flurry of Bills in Congress Seek to Expand Summer Meals Programs

An effort to give more children access to free and reduced-price meals during the summer is underway in Congress and lawmakers prepare to take up reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

No Money Saved From Four-Day School Week, Report Says

No cost savings found in expanding school day and shortening school week to four days, according to a study by the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho.

Calif. Furlough Bill Would Provide Relief for Cash-Strapped After-School Programs

A California lawmaker proposes a last-ditch effort to save some state-funded, after-school programs from closing.

How Citywide After-School Systems Are Improving Quality

Strong leadership, efficient use of data, and high standards are key elements to building successful citywide after-school systems, according to a new report from the Wallace Foundation.

Senate Bill Keeps After-School and Community Schools in ESEA

The U.S. Senate protects the largest federal after-school funding source in its reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, setting up a conflict with the House of Representatives, which wants to eliminate the program.

After-School Cuts on the Table in Congress

Next year's federal funding for after-school programs could be cut, eliminated or kept at the same level under four ESEA reauthorization and education spending bills being debated in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Q&A: Status Quo Biggest Obstacle to School Change, Says Learning-Time Expert

A leading advocate for lengthening the school day says unless U.S. schools provide more time for students to learn and teachers to collaborate, the country's future economic prosperity will be put at risk.

The Candy Bar Effect: More Research Needed on STEM Programs' Impact

A lack of research on the combined effects of in- and out-of-school STEM learning is impeding efforts to understand what programs work for which students.

Better Access Crucial to Success of Summer and After-School Programs

Schools and communities need to do a better job of expanding access to after-school and summer learning programs, according to a panel of experts.

Calif. Legislators Approve $25 Million More for After-School Program

California's after-school grant program could receive an additional $25 million, its first increase in nearly 10 years, under a compromise between the state Senate and Assembly that is yet to be approved by Governor Jerry Brown.

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