Entering the last few weeks of summer vacation for most schools, summer learning loss remains a hot topic. Just this week, a Slate article questions the repercussions of summer vacation on education equality, and an article in The Hechinger Report features ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, an expanded learning time school in New Orleans that returned to school this week.
U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) wrote an op-ed explaining how the competing visions of the federal role in education are reflected in the ESEA reauthorization bills. He highlights the success of the Humboldt Secondary School in St. Paul, Minnesota, a school that seen success since receiving a federal School Improvement Grant, and of course, expanding its school day.
The Pinellas County School Board in Florida voted to expand learning time for five schools this Tuesday after the Department of Education released a list of 100 lowest-performing elementary schools in the state. As the law enacted last year outlines,the school day at those five schools will include an additional hour of instruction in reading for all students.