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Congress Returns to Session

By Erik Peterson

This week the House and Senate will reconvene for second session of the 112th Congress.  On Jan. 24, the President will speak to a joint session of Congress and the American public during the annual State of the Union address.  The White House has announced a number of opportunities to provide input on the President’s priorities.  The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is expected to be brought up during the President’s speech and House action on the two draft ESEA bills released earlier this month may not be far behind.  Late last week the Afterschool Alliance wrote to House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Kline commenting on the draft bills and calling on the Chairman to include reauthorization of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative as part of his ESEA reauthorization strategy.  Friends of afterschool can send comments to their Members of Congress in support of afterschool and 21st CCLCs.