We have idealized summer in song and sentiment as a time of adventure and freedom — but it is also a time of loss. All students lose ground in math over the summer, and many also fall behind in reading. Today, I discuss why the “summer slide” affects poor kids more than their middle-class peers, and why it is a major component in the achievement gap. It’s not the usual cheery “back-to-school” chatter, but two guest columnists discuss the important issue of sexual harassment on college campuses. And readers debate whether the Atlanta Public Schools should continue to approve charter schools while the festering issue of pension fund contributions is resolved in the courts.
Slow summer slideby Maureen Downey
Schools must do more to prevent sexual harassmentby Carol E. Tracy and Terry Fromson
Response to recent conversationby from our readers
Today’s moderator: Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey has written about local, state and federal education policy at the AJC for 12 years. She’s also taught college classes in mass communications and journalism. However, she’s learned more about schools from having four children in them.
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