Summer school to counter COVID online learning OK’d by House

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina legislative chamber has approved legislation requiring school districts to offer in-person summer school that targets children at risk of academic failure due to poor virtual learning during the pandemic.

The bipartisan measure envisions roughly six weeks of instructional time.

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Children wouldn’t be required to attend, but program supporters say it could help them them get promoted to the next grade.

House Speaker Tim Moore is a primary sponsor of the measure that now heads to the Senate. He says some students have received only virtual learning for close to a year while school buildings have been closed or restricted.