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IEP Issues - Extended School Year (ESY)

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MI Open Letter from MI State Board of Education Member Elizabeth Bauer Regarding Extended School Year (ESY) Consideration for ALL Students with IEP’s - click here. [8-08]


Q & A Glossary: How do I find a summer program for my child?
From the NCLB Achiever Newsletter, June 1, 2006

What is summer learning loss?  The fall-off in reading and math skills during the summer months due to the lack of participation in academic enrichment activities.

A quality summer program that includes activities for academic enrichment can help to prevent the learning loss that research shows takes place during the summer months and can ensure students return to school prepared to learn and achieve. Following is just a sample list of organizations that provide assistance in locating an engaging and educational summer program in your community for all ages.

YMCA — (800) 872-YMCA, has more than 2,500 locations nationwide, many of which offer arts and humanities programs, including its National Writer's Voice, a network of independent literary arts centers.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America — (800) 854-CLUB, staffs some 44,000 trained specialists to support programs that provide writing assignments, help for setting academic goals and hands-on learning about the environment.

4-H Club — (301) 961-2800, provides 7 million American youths with programs that promote literacy in science, engineering and technology as well as rural youth development.

Camp Fire USA — (816) 285-2010, sponsors mentoring opportunities and service-learning programs through 145 councils and community partners across the nation.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education—at (800) USA-LEARN and at offers a database that includes approximately 6,800 participating schools and organizations across the country that have been awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to establish summer, weekend and after-school programs.

UT Summer School Called Potent - A new study by Brigham Young University suggests that summer school has lasting effects for younger elementary students. The study, done by a BYU and a Harvard professor while they were in graduate school, said struggling third-graders who went to class in June and July instead of hitting the beach continued to improve academically for several years after attending summer school.


View the list of documents pertaining to ESY compiled by the moderators of the SpecialEdLawMichigan listserv - (Contact the owners of the SpecialEdLawMichigan Listserv at:


Extended School Year (ESY) - read the legal basis in an article by Laura Athens (Attorney and Mediator) of Farmington Hills, Michigan

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