Summer school shortchanges students

The pandemic has resulted in a rise in the number of students in summer school (“Nearing Fourth Grade, and Racing to Catch Up,” The New York Times, July 26).  Although summer school is well intentioned, it is no substitute for the traditional school year.

How can it be when both teachers and students are under intense pressure to cram into the few weeks knowledge and skills best covered over a period of months?  Like credit recovery, summer school shortchanges students, but neither will disappear.

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