[Boston Globe] Summer Programs Shatter Mayor's Goal

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Boston Doubles Summer Learning Programs for Children

Photo Credit: Jessica Rinaldi, reprinted from The Boston Globe

MAY 05, 2016 | By Jeremy C. Fox

Boston will offer summer educational opportunities to nearly 12,000 children this year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Thursday, more than doubling the number of students served in 2015.

“The research is clear: Kids who don’t learn over the summer fall behind in school,” Walsh said at Berklee College of Music, where city and School Department officials gathered with leaders from some of the summer programs. “That’s why these programs are a top priority, not just of mine, but of everyone in this room.

Walsh said the rapid growth “shattered” his goal, set in July, of expanding the number of children served to 10,000 by 2017. The city, which had 79 programs in place last summer, will now work with 120… View the full article here.

Mayor Walsh Calls for Support of H.4033

Photo Credit: Casey Atkins

Drawing on the successes of the Boston Summer Learning Community, Mayor Walsh called upon state leaders to support H.4033 – An Act to increase access to high quality summer learning opportunities. The bill aims to expand research-driven summer learning programs in districts with high concentrations of low-income students. In March, the Joint Committee of Education reported favorably on the bill.

View Photos from Press Conference

Photo Credit: Casey Atkins

Many thanks to student speaker Mahama Germain, Berklee Class of 2019, and the student performers from Boston Arts Academy and Berklee City Music for sharing their great talents with us at yesterday’s press conference. The student band RUDE earned a standing ovation from the 80 city and education leaders in attendance. Click here for more photos from the event.