New York Mayor Eric Adams and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have announced the launch of “Summer Boost NYC” – a summer program that charter schools can now submit to it, which aims to support thousands of students with learning disabilities due to distance learning. By the ongoing plague.
The program, funded by a $ 50 million investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies, is designed to support summer schooling in New York public schools for some 25,000 K-8 students who fall behind and face significant learning gaps after personal learning was disrupted for about two years due to the COVID health crisis -19.
This disorder has led to social and health effects that have given way to learning loss, especially for colored students from low-income families, according to the municipality.
A McKinsey study has found that the plague has contributed to the ongoing educational crisis facing many colored students from low-income families in New York City. Last year, New York City expanded its summer program to 2022, which now serves 110,000 K-8 students – an increase of more than 10% from last year.
“After two years of school closures and inadequate remote instruction, students across the U.S. have suffered unprecedented learning loss,” Bloomberg said in a statement. This can have devastating effects on their chances of graduating from high school and going to college or starting a career. “
Summer Boost NYC is based on the city’s Summer Rising initiative in that it aims to support students in charter schools, where 14% of New York’s public school students attend.
Summer Rising, launched last year as New York City’s first hybrid summer school and summer camp in the city open to any K-12 class who wants to attend. It officially started in the summer of 2021 under the administration of then-Mayor Bill de Bellasio.
New York City last April announced the groundbreaking new initiative that ostensibly combines summer school and summer camp – as a means to continue helping children cope with the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on their academic, emotional health and socialization.
The Summer Rising Initiative is a free program that combines the academic support of the New York Department of Education and the programming of the Department of Youth and Community Development. According to city officials, this is a comprehensive student-focused programming that is integrated with socio-emotional learning and available to all students, not just those who may need additional academic support on a particular topic.
“Whether in a district school or a charter school, every young person has to invest, and the $ 50 million investment will do just that,” Adams said in a statement. “Many of our boys and girls have disrupted learning over the past two years because of the epidemic and deserve an opportunity to study over the summer. This investment will give young people in New York the program the opportunity to grow, learn and explore their talents and imagination.”
Adams went on to say that the initiative would ensure that “no young man will be left behind.”
Meanwhile, New York School Chancellor David Banks said the plan “will elevate our youngest New Yorkers.”
“It is vital that every child in New York City has a safe and supportive place to grow up this summer,” Banks said.
Bloomberg echoed similar sentiments, adding: “This is a moment of all hands on board. This summer is an important opportunity to make up for lost ground, and we are not going to let that slip.”
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