Strong support for new Summer Bridge program in Pinellas
A new six-week summer program has strong support from parents and community members, according to the latest survey from the Pinellas County Council of PTAs and the Pinellas Education Foundation.
Of those surveyed, 69 percent supported Summer Bridge. Support was even higher among parents (71 percent) and school employees (78 percent.)
Superintendent Mike Grego announced the voluntary program in February; so far, more than 2,100 students have signed up. (Registration has been extended and will open again April 15.) The program is intended to curb summer learning losses.
One thing to keep in mind: Respondents were told that the summer classes were for all students – an impression Grego gave when it was first announced – but it’s really for struggling learners, as determined by test scores.
The survey was completed by 1,297 people, including 858 parents with children in Pinellas County’s public schools.
Survey respondents also said they supported Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to give the state’s teachers a $2,500 pay raise (70 percent) and preferred that the raises be given to all teachers as a flat pay increase (43 percent), rather than based on performance (34 percent.)
See the entire survey and results here.