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News for After-School

Today seems as good a time as any to think about news in the beyond-school world, so here's a wrap-up of a few out-of-school-time headlines:

The Washington Post writes about Lego robotics design and competitions. Such programs are popular in the suburbs, the Post says, but the initiative highlighted in this article involves minority kids from the inner-city—seemingly a new twist and a successful one. Much of the work at this charter school Lego program takes place outside the traditional school day.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports on a grant-funded effort to get kids fitter. The reason the piece makes this blog? Well, meeting all the goals of the program has meant providing certain fitness opportunities, such as an early-morning jump-rope class, before the school day officially starts.

And, in St. Paul, Minn., the mayor has been honored for, among other things, his work on out-of-school-time programming. "Mayor [Chris] Coleman's leadership on education and his commitment to eliminating the achievement gap in our schools is recognized around the country," Barbara Moore, the executive director for Democratic Municipal Officials (the group that recognized Coleman) says in MinnPost.com

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