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Summer Learning Program Seeks To Close Opportunity Gap

For many Washington area kids, summer is a footloose season marked by family trips and shuttling from camp to camp. But for poor children, the hot months are often filled with empty time that stultifies learning.

The opportunity gap has widened this year as some cash-strapped local agencies have eliminated thousands of summer school slots, leaving needy students with fewer ways to keep pace with their more affluent peers.