Advocacy Alert: Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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Here is some information about proposed legislation that will impact funding for afterschool programs.

 

Topics

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) reauthorization and
  • 21st Century Community Learning Center funding (CCLC)

 

Issues

  • At this time CCLC is the only dedicated federal funding stream for afterschool programming.
  • In the current version of the House bill, CCLC funding has been replaced by a block grant that may be used for afterschool, as well as a number of other interventions.
  • One of the main concerns outlined by the Afterschool Alliance is that the changes will allow this once dedicated afterschool funding to be used for in-school classroom and extended day activities. At a time when local and state funding is declining, it is very possible that this grant would help schools replace or bolster existing funding gaps. Should this occur the concern is that this will force many afterschool programs to close their doors, leaving kids with nothing to do between the vulnerable hours of 3 to 6pm. 
  • Additionally, the afterschool community is concerned that some of these expanded learning opportunities that would be open to funding would be "more of the same thing" that kids experience during the school day, rather than the robust and meaningful experiences provided by afterschool programs. This link outlines some of those arguments.

 

ACTION STEPS

Those who are interested in this issue may take action by contacting our Senators and Representative. Follow this link to do this... you will need to enter your zip code, and then select the individual you would like to contact.