BY VAUHINI VARA
STOCKTON, Calif.—Budget cuts have left Francisca Vargas struggling to replace the academic boost her three young children once received from summer school—and the free lunch that came with it.
Ms. Vargas found relief at a local community center, which provides sandwiches and fruit, along with tutoring. It’s less convenient than summer school—the gasoline costs add up—but the free program is a help to the family, which relies on Ms. Vargas’s $15,000 annual salary as a babysitter.
When schools in California and elsewhere closed for the summer to save money, educators expressed worries about the academic consequences. Now, many warn of …