Wednesday, November 25, 2015

School's in for the summer

Today is the first day of summer school for students in the Philadelphia School District.

School's in for the summer


Today is the first day of summer school for students in the Philadelphia School District.

The SLAM program - Summer Learning and More - runs for 18 days in 103 schools around the city.  According to a news release, the district “plans to enroll 28,000 for the 2011 session of SLAM.”

Students attend academic classes in the morning and enrichment classes — dance and other arts, technology, science, and other subjects — in the afternoon. 

Breakfast and lunch are provided.

The district has budgeted $18 million to pay for summer school.  (The district had planned on spending $23 million initially, but that figure has been revised.) But questions were raised about the wisdom of such an outlay on the program when the district faces a massive budget shortfall.

Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman has defended summer school as a proven way to keep students’ achievement from sliding.

SLAM runs until July 28.  Students are still being accepted; call 215-400-4000 for more information.

Are you a SLAM teacher, student or parent?  What do you think of the program?  What are you hoping to learn this summer? I’d love to hear from you - or 215-854-5146.

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Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham writes the Philly School Files blog, where she covers education in Philadelphia, both in and out of the classroom.

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