Roanoke educators continue to seek ways to close the achievement gap. Voluntary year-round schools would be the next logical step.
As Roanoke students report for classes today, their superintendent’s theory on summer learning will be put to the test.
Superintendent Rita Bishop believes that a summer enrichment program, RCPS+, will not only stem the summer brain drain but propel students. If the 2,000 students who attended this year’s inaugural session show a distinct advantage over peers, whose learning trek went on hiatus, Bishop will have hard evidence that year-round schools can make a difference. Evidence that will prove helpful in winning a grant to explore year-round schools, and evidence to help define how such a program would be shaped.