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Summer Funding Helped School Districts Address Disparities


August 9, 2021

In this photo provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, second-grade students at McAlpine Elementary School take part in the classroom learning portion of Camp CMS, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' summer program, in Charlotte, NC, Thursday June 17, 2021. Across the country, school districts were able to greatly expand their summer offerings by leveraging federal pandemic relief funding. (Nancy Pierce/Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools via AP) The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - After another pandemic-disrupted school year, organizers of vastly expanded summer learning opportunities are investing heavily in efforts to make them accessible to the most vulnerable students.

While there have been success stories, the programs have faced many of the same challenges that educators have been up against since the pandemic hit: Attendance has been inconsistent, some families have lost interest, and COVID-19 still has many reluctant to let students learn in-person.

Educators also have had to address persistent barriers to access for summer programs for families that juggle work and child care and have limited access to transportation.


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