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30 Aug 2011, CBASS
Topics: » Expanded Learning Time, » Policy & Advocacy, » Public Policy

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CBASS's memo to Chairman Tom Harkin, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee contains policy recommendations in nine areas.
  • Strengthen critical components of the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program that have proven successful in improving outcomes and supports for the lowest income students.
  • Increase accountability aligned to measurable program goals.
  • Increase funding to meet the demand.
  • Expand high-quality after-school and summer opportunities for high school students.
  • Improve coordination and alignment between schools and programs.
  • Ensure that programs that expand learning opportunities have the capacity to succeed by strengthening the role of intermediaries to support systems-building efforts.
  • Provide the training and technical assistance to ensure programs are high-quality and sustainable.
  • Fund the next generation of research that builds on current research demonstrating the effectiveness of after-school programs to learn more about the levers of quality to improve academic achievement.
  • Ensure expanded learning opportunities are a core component of Title I.