- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Officials from several Massachusetts cities are backing efforts to increase summer learning possibilities for low-income students.

A bill scheduled to be heard by the Legislature’s Education Committee on Monday would provide grants for summer education programs in urban areas.

Supporters say the bill is based on successful programs launched in Boston and could help bridge the academic achievement gap between low-income children and those from wealthier school districts.

Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus says expanding the programs statewide will keep kids learning throughout the year and keep them safe during the summer.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell are among those backing the legislation.

Costs for the program would be split between the state, local school districts, private funders and nonprofit organizations.

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