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Boston Schools Revamp Programs to Tackle the Summer Learning Slide

Boston school officials, in an attempt to boost attendance and achievement in summer programs, will be moving toward a hands-on project approach that will take more students outside, under an initiative to be unveiled Wednesday.

The overhaul aims to address a divide that school leaders have spotted among the city’s summer programs: Those that intertwine lessons in math, reading, and science with sailing, salsa dancing, and other enrichment experiences tend to record higher attendance and larger academic gains than traditional programs, which at times can feel like a harsh summer punishment.