School’s out for summer

A growing number of cash-strapped school districts are scrapping summer school programs in an effort to shore-up their budgets.

Educators maintain the need for programs to support and strengthen the academic performance of certain students during the summer recess. But The Associated Press reports that in many cases the programs that help students catch-up with their peers are being eliminated or scaled back:

An American Association of School Administrators survey found that 34 percent of respondents are considering eliminating summer school for the 2010-11 school year. That’s a rate that has roughly doubled each year, from 8 percent in 2008-09 to 14 percent in 2009-10.

Noelle Ellerson, a public policy analyst for the group who managed the study, said the cuts illustrate how strapped school districts are.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called the shift a mistake. Duncan has said repeatedly that summer learning opportunities are critical to closing the achievement gap.

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