Protect summer learning in federal law!
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Posted by: Tyler Mattingly
The only federal education program explicitly supporting summer learning is at risk. After years of gridlock, Congress may be on the verge of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind.
The most recent Senate draft, submitted by education committee chair Sen. Lamar Alexander, would eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC), which provides grants to afterschool and summer learning programs, and replace it with a “Safe and Healthy Students Block Grant.”
This block grant would allow local education agencies to use a single pot of money to support afterschool and summer learning programs as well as programs during the school day, including drug and violence prevention programs, school-based mental health services, emergency intervention after traumatic events, staff training on suicide prevention, mentoring programs, school counseling, healthy active lifestyle/wellness programs, and positive behavioral interventions.
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