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possible mandatory summer school for Louisiana kids in the near future

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possible mandatory summer school for Louisiana kids in the near future

Louisiana (KADN)- With Louisiana currently 48 in the united states in education, leaders here are continuing to look for ways to see our literacy rates improve statewide, it just may take some extra hours of school.

"I'm not going to back down,” says State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley.

Brumley believes three major hurricanes and the pandemic have hurt students' literacy skills over the last two years. "It was a year of starts and stops and interruptions. Virtual face to face, virtual starts and stops."

Students in kindergarten to fourth grade who are not reading on grade level would be required under Brumley's plan to undergo 30 hours of summer remediation or repeat the grade.

"A child that's not reading on grade level by the end of third grade and certainly by the end of fourth grade is at a much greater risk to be a dropout," says Brumley

"Realistically it's going to be huge on the school systems."

However, parent and teacher at Lafayette Renaissance Charter High School, Taylor Shreve disagrees with the proposal, saying the mandatory thirty hours will be packed with an information overload for children. "Based on the articles it's going to be sitting in front of the computer with a teacher teaching from a script. Those kids will not retain longer than two weeks, it is not going to help them long term. It's not going to close the gap."

Shreve's says if we get back to the basics Louisiana could see higher reading scores within schools. "I think going back really honing in on phonetics with the kids in kindergarten and first grade so that they are talking and able to read based on sounding it out is really important."

The official proposal they are offering will be presented at the next

Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary board meeting for further discussion. If approved, it will go into effect during the summer of 2023.

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