A person slides down a huge water pipe at a public swimming pool on a hot sunny day in Vienna July 29, 2013. Temperatures in Austria's capital Vienna reached nearly 36 degrees Celsius (97 Fahrenheit) Monday, but Austria's Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics predicts a possible record temerature of 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) in the next days. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (AUSTRIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
We have idealized summer in song and sentiment as a time of adventure and freedom — but it is also a time of loss. All students lose ground in math over the summer, and many also fall behind in reading. Today, I discuss why the “summer slide” affects poor kids more than their middle-class peers, and why it is a major component in the achievement gap. It’s not the usual cheery “back-to-school” chatter, but two guest columnists discuss the important issue of sexual harassment on college campuses. And readers debate whether the Atlanta Public Schools should continue to approve charter schools while the festering issue of pension fund contributions is resolved in the courts.
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