During the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, TXPOST worked to pass Senate Bill 503 which established the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Council that makes recommendations to improve access to and quality of afterschool, summer and extended learning time programs in Texas. Over the past several months, TXPOST has played a supporting role to the Council by providing research, contacts and other resources to aid Council members in the development of their recommendations. We are extremely proud to be a part of the process that sheds light on the benefits and current challenges of expanded learning programs in Texas.
Today, the ELO Council published its first report, “2016-2017 Statewide Strategic Plan for Expanded Learning Opportunities.” Key findings include:
- High-quality ELO Programs can help families, grow the economy and support academic achievement
- Program standards that are tied to funding are essential for implementing and operating high-quality ELO programs
- Many Texas students do not have access to high-quality ELO programming
- Texas currently has no state funding stream dedicated to ELO programs
The Council’s recommendation is to create a Texas Expanded Learning Opportunities Initiative, including:
- Competitive Pilot Grant Program
- Training and Technical Assistance
- Statewide Leadership and Coordination
- Program Evaluation
Read the full report here.