Increasing access to high-quality summer learning

The Gateway Cities Journal

Next week, Rep. Alice Peisch will host a briefing on her new bill, An Act to Increase Access to High-Quality Summer Learning Opportunities. This legislation will give more students the chance to participate in high-quality summer learning programs all across our Commonwealth. Mayors and school leaders from Worcester, New Bedford, and Salem supported an earlier version of the bill, which was introduced in 2016 and progressed to the House Committee on Ways and Means before the session expired.

A growing body of research using randomized controlled trials, the “gold standard” method for proving that a program works, shows that high-quality summer learning leads to academic and social-emotional skill gains for students that persist into subsequent school years.

Recognizing the powerful difference summer learning can make, Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Schools have made summer learning a citywide priority, setting and achieving a goal of serving 10,000 students in 100 high-quality programs. Rep. Peisch’s legislation would draw on Boston’s demonstrated success by helping Gateway Cities fashion community partnerships to provide high-quality summer learning experiences for students through cost-sharing agreements, leveraging financial support from the state, local school districts, private funders, and non-profit institutions.

Boston Afterschool & Beyond is a public-private partnership that has worked since 2005 to expand access to high-quality summer learning in Boston. We want these same opportunities to be available to youth throughout our Commonwealth, and we look forward to working with Gateway City leaders on legislation that will expand access. Please join us at the State House for Rep. Peisch’s presentation on March 16th at 10:30am, Room 350.

Chris Smith, Executive Director, Boston After School & Beyond 


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