Take Two for July 22, 2013

Students feel deep cuts to LA Unified summer school program

Summer School Begins at Polytechnic

Jed Kim

Students file into John H. Francis Polytechnic High School for the first day of summer school.

SUMMER LEARNING: Education experts say idle summers can put kids behind when they go back to school in the fall. KPCC spoke to teachers, parents and kids across Southern California about what they're learning this summer — or not.

Thousands of kids who wish they could spend their summer in a hammock will instead spend it in a classroom.  They failed algebra or English, and need to make up credits to graduate. 

Credit Recovery, as it's called, is the only teaching that goes on in LA Unified schools over the summer, and not even all failing students can get it. 

In the second part of our "Summer Learning" series, KPCC's Jed Kim says severe budget cuts to the program mean seats are at a premium.


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