Teenagers only read for fun for an average of four minutes per weekend day, far less than they spend watching TV or browsing and playing games on a computer, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A report from the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation shares effective practices from programs that work with young black males in Washington, D.C.

Reading books falls toward the bottom of the to-do list for children during the summer, new survey results show. Parents reported that their children spent more time on playing outside, watching TV, and playing video games.

A programming competition that invites students to program robots that work in zero gravity is expanding, with teams of middle schoolers working together this summer in nine states.

Five cities, including Dallas, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, are launching citywide initiatives this summer aimed at providing more young people with opportunities to learn after the school year ends.

Experts at the New America Foundation event said technology and informed parents are critical for spreading "anytime, anywhere" learning.

The YMCA is expanding a program designed to narrow the achievement gap, while the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is expanding an initiative aimed at preventing summer learning loss.

A study in the journal Educational Policy finds that 2006 PISA data implies that increases in learning time could improve student performance. Other data, however, suggest no significant effect.

Under the state's new budget, Florida's 300 lowest-performing elementary schools are required to add an hour to the school day and use the time for additional reading instruction.

The students allege that they have lost hours, days, and months of education because of the lack of resources in their schools.


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