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Following Charter Schools’ Lead, One D.C. Public School Adopts Longer Year

Ask most school-age kids about their traditional two-month summer break, and they may wax poetic about the time they get to spend away from school. But ask a parent, educator or administrator, and they might mention the dreaded “summer slide” — the loss of learning that predictably comes from being out of school for the summer months.

That slide can be even worse for students already struggling to keep up, or those in urban school districts where math and reading proficiency lag behind suburban and rural schools. In D.C., many will say that it’s simply a lost opportunity.