Extended Learning Opportunity

Provide access to outside learning opportunities.

Students learn everywhere, but access to these extended learning opportunities is unequal. Whether it is cuts to programming within schools (arts, athletics, field trips, etc.) or differences in families’ ability to pay for or provide these opportunities, greater access to this valuable, enriching learning opportunities for every child should be a priority for states.

States should look to provide funding that allows parents to supplement the instruction that takes place in their schools. A good example of this is Florida’s Reading Scholarship Account, which provides elementary students who are struggling readers with $500 in funded accounts that can be used for tutoring, curricula and services to improve literacy. Such programs could be expanded to include extracurricular activities, afterschool programs, summer learning programs and enrichment opportunities at museums.

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