Says Oregon’s program would expand nationwide
By: KTVZ.COM news sources
Posted: Jul 10, 2019 01:08 PM PDT
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with Reps. Joseph Morelle (D-NY-25) and John Katko (R-NY-24), introduced Wednesday the bipartisan, bicameral Summer Meals and Learning Act of 2019, legislation to address summer learning inequality by keeping school libraries open at schools that already serve free summer meals.
“Every student—no matter their color, income, or zip code—deserves an excellent education that puts them on track for a lifetime of success,” said Merkley. “But when school’s out for summer vacation, millions of children go months without learning opportunities, leaving them at a disadvantage.
“Oregon has helped students across the state maintain or even increase their academic skills during summer months by keeping their school libraries open, and it only makes sense to give students throughout the country the same opportunity to get the high-quality, year-round education they deserve.”