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Registration open for Summer Bridge program



Parents can sign up their children for the new Summer Bridge program in Pinellas County . The six-week program is intended to curb summer learning loss among struggling students.

Registration is open until April 2 for eligible students in elementary, middle and high school. (Also available: voluntary pre-kindergarten and an extended year for special education students.) Eligibility is based on FCAT scores, performance on end-of-course exams, and, for younger students, results on other assessments.

Summer Bridge is superintendent Michael Grego’s baby. He announced it last month, saying that he hoped to steer 12,000 students into summer classes. He hasn’t unveiled too many details about how the school district will pay for the extensive summer classes – the total cost depends on enrollment and teacher compensation. (District officials wanted to pay teachers a flat rate, while union officials said teachers should be paid their regular hourly rate.)

Grego told the editorial board at the Times that he can’t make the program mandatory – but he doesn’t necessarily want students to know that. (Apparently some principals have taken that message seriously – some parents were told that students have to go. They don’t.)

All of the high schools, including Bayside, will offer re-take courses for students who failed the state’s end-of-course exams in Algebra, biology and geometry. Middle schools will have 90-minute blocks of reading, math and science. In the elementary schools, a draft schedule includes science and math and guided reading and literacy stations. Instruction is in blocks of 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes and one hour.

More information about the program is available on the district's website.



[Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:00am]


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