Last month we reported on the advocacy campaign to save after-school funding in California, which was facing cuts when increases are needed. After rallies in Sacramento and around the state, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education voted to include additional funding for After School Education and Safety (ASES) – good temporary news (if not a final vote) for parents, kids, educators and SEL supporters given the SEL activities of many after-school programs.
In the Assembly, AB-1725 is a deserving funding bill authored by Los Angeles Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo. “The after-school programs that serve nearly half a million children every day in our most underserved communities are in peril,” says Carrillo, noting that for $1.56 per child each day, $112.8 million total, after-school programs in California can be saved.
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