Proposed Federal budget cuts threaten after school and summer programs in California. State Superintendent Tom Torlakson has forcefully opposed the budget cuts, and spoken out about the benefits of summer and after school programs. Recently, he visited a summer learning program at Robla Elementary School near Sacramento, to see the impact the program has on the local community, and highlight the importance of summer learning for California students.
This video, produced by The Campaign for Grade Level Reading, highlights the challenges students from under resourced communities face, including due to a lack of summer learning opportunities.
Why does Summer Matter to you? Post a video explaining why summer matters to you and use the hashtag #WhySummerMatters. We’ll be sharing videos we receive from kids, programs, and families, and highlighting great summer learning opportunities throughout the state.
You may be interested in an upcoming webinar on summer learning. The webinar is hosted by Education Week, and sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and several other organizations. This event takes place on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is excited about the commitment of communities all over the country to shape smarter summers, brighter futures for young people as part of the Summer Opportunity Project (SOP).