Budget cuts may help Mass. school change student perceptions of "cool"

02/21/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Attending summer school had become a "cool" thing to do at Revere High in Massachusetts, according to this article, so budget cuts discontinuing the summer program last year may have the odd effect of improving academics, superintendent Paul Dakin says. "The older kids just used it as a mechanism to blow off work during the school year," he said. "There was a culture out there that summer school was becoming a ... social club."

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