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Bipartisan group of senators call on Senate HELP Chairman, Ranking Member to protect 21st CCLC

By Erik Peterson

This week a bipartisan group of fifteen senators wrote to Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray in support of keeping intact 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) funding that supports 1.6 million low-income children with afterschool and summer learning programs.  The letter comes in response to Chairman Alexander’s draft Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation which proposes to eliminate the effective 21st CCLC initiative.

The letter in support of 21st CCLC outlines the extensive evidence for providing federal support to afterschool and summer learning programs and was spearheaded by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and signed by the following Senators: 

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE)
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
  • Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-WV)
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

The letter follows one sent by more than 260 state, local and national organizations to the Senate HELP Committee earlier this month also calling on the committee to ensure 21st CCLC funds remain in place for afterschool and summer learning programs.  You can maximize the impact of the senators’ letter by emailing your Members of Congress today and urging them to support 21st CCLC—take action now!

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House Education Committee passes ESEA reauthorization, Rep. Barletta speaks out on value of 21st CCLC

By Erik Peterson

The House Education and the Workforce Committee under Chairman John Kline (R-MN) passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) on February 11th, continuing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization process. The legislation consolidates more than 65 programs, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative (21st CCLC), the principal federal funding stream for afterschool, into a single grant program.

As pointed out by the Afterschool Alliance in a statement released earlier this week, such consolidation could be devastating for the 1.6 million young people served by 21st CCLC afterschool and summer learning programs across the nation. In fact, it is possible that the new grant structure would provide no resources whatsoever for students outside the school day. As a result, many children would be unsupervised, missing valuable learning opportunities that could help them succeed in school and in life, and without a host of other supports, including nutritious meals and opportunities for physical activity, STEM learning and access to mentors. 

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Upcoming Congressional briefing to focus on value of afterschool, 21st CCLC

By Erik Peterson

On February 18th, Capitol Hill will play host to a Senate Afterschool Caucus briefing for Congressional staff on the need for high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.  Entitled “America After 3PM: Supporting Student Success Through Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs,” the briefing will cover recent America After 3PM data as well as experiences at the state and local level of how the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative plays a critical role in providing young people with educational and engaging experiences to help them succeed in school and in life. The briefing comes just weeks before the Senate HELP Committee is scheduled to mark up their draft ESEA reauthorization bill which proposes to eliminate 21st CCLC.

Speakers include:

  • Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Marsha Edwards, CEO of the Martha O’Bryan Center, Nashville , Tenn.
  • Deputy Secretary of Education John Fischer, Vermont Department of Education 

Those in the DC area are invited to attend the briefing which will occur on February 18, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, room SVC 200, Washington, D.C.  Please RSVP by email to Josh Westfall jwestfall@wpllc.net by February 16, 2015.

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House Education Committee set to mark up ESEA bill; more than 500 groups urge support for afterschool

By Erik Peterson

As the House Education and the Workforce Committee prepares to mark up HR 5 on February 11th, continuing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization process, a diverse coalition of 536 local, state and national organizations has sent a letter to the House Education Committee urging them to maintain the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) initiative as a separate and specific federal funding stream for school and community partnerships to support students in grades Pre-K through 12 during the hours outside of the school day.  The groups, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and including 61 leading national organizations, wrote in support of quality afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs that provide 1.6 million young people annually with the academic, social and emotional learning opportunities they need to be successful in school and in life.

The letter seeks to preserve 21st CCLC even as HR 5 would consolidate 65 federal education programs, including 21st CCLC, creating instead a block grant that would consequently de-emphasize support for afterschool and summer learning programs. The letter sent this week, signed by positive youth development organizations, STEM groups, education organizations, physical activity and health associations, anti-hunger groups and more, is just one of many recent efforts in the past several weeks aimed at protecting dedicated 21st CCLC federal funding for afterschool and summer learning programs that serve as a platform to make a difference in the lives of children.  Among the other efforts undertaken by groups seeking to protect 21st CCLC:

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Afterschool programs at risk of losing federal funds

By Jen Rinehart

Now more than ever before, members of Congress need to hear from you.  With bills in the House and Senate eliminating dedicated afterschool funding and 21st Century Community Learning Centers facing extinction it's crucial that we have a diverse and broad set of voices telling Congress that afterschool programs are essential to student success.

The next few weeks are critical.  Take a moment to send an email to your representatives or to call their offices.  Busy?  It only takes a second to tweet out the call to #Invest3to6 and urge members of Congress to make investments in afterschool programs, not cuts:

#AfterschoolWorks for 10 million kids—cuts to #21stCCLC put them at risk. #Invest3to6, don’t cut! http://bit.ly/17QWuQV 

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To make the biggest impact, be sure to tag your representatives when you tweet and post—look up your representatives here, then find their Twitter handle on our list.

What to do next: Make plans to join us in Washington, D.C. in March to deliver the message in person at the 2015 Afterschool for All Challenge — the registration deadline has been extended to February 17.

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Senate HELP Committee holds hearing on Fixing NCLB through Innovation

By Sophie Papavizas

On Tuesday, February 3, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a roundtable discussion on “Fixing No Child Left Behind (NCLB): Innovation to Better Meet the Needs of Students.”  This was the third and final scheduled hearing regarding NCLB reauthorization.  The first hearing covered testing and accountability while the second covered teacher and principal preparation and evaluation.  A recording of the hearing and full written statements from each of the seven witnesses are available on the Senate HELP Committee website.

Several witnesses were affiliated with schools and organizations receiving funds through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant program.  They included Ms. Henriette Taylor, a Community School Coordinator at the Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School in Baltimore, MD whose position is partially funded by the school’s 21st CCLC grant.  Ms. Taylor specifically mentioned how the different services supported by Title IV programs like 21st CCLC are crucial to her school and emphasized wraparound services as crucial with the rise of public school families living in poverty.

Also present were Mr. Josh Davis, Vice President of External Affairs at the Delta Health Alliance, a Promise Neighborhood grantee in Stoneville, MS, and Dr. James McIntyre, Jr., Superintendent of Knox County Schools in Knoxville, TN.  Mr. Davis discussed the need for federal funding to spark innovation and offer opportunities in areas in which state budgets are unable to invest.  In his written testimony, Dr. McIntyre describes Knox County Schools’ Community Schools initiative, a public-private partnership with local community organizations and universities, which is made possible in part by a 21st CCLC grant.  The Community Schools support expanded learning opportunities, health and dental care, and evening meals for both students and their families.  They have seen positive results with fewer discipline referrals, more parent involvement, and increased academic achievement.

21st Century Community Learning Centers have shown positive results in schools across the nation, but the grant program is eliminated in Senator Alexander’s draft bill for ESEA reauthorization.  Take action now to let Congress know that you support 21st Century Community Learning Centers!

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House Education Committee leaders Kline and Rokita introduce ESEA reauthorization bill

By Erik Peterson

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced  the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) today, which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Based on a proposal passed by the House of Representatives in 2013, H.R. 5 focuses on giving more control over federal education dollars to local and state education agencies.  The legislation consolidates more than 65 programs, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative (21st CCLC), into a Local Academic Flexible Grant designed to help schools support students.

The elimination of targeted spending for before school, afterschool and summer learning has the potential to be devastating to programs across the country, and it is possible that the new grant structure will not provide any resources to students outside the school day.  These students are at risk of being unsupervised after the school bell rings and losing valuable learning opportunities that help them succeed academically, as well as losing access to a host of additional resources including nutritious meals, physical activity, STEM learning and access to mentors.

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The president's FY2016 budget: An afterschool and summer learning perspective

By Erik Peterson

On February 2, President Obama released his budget request for the upcoming 2016 fiscal year, which begins this October.  The president requested $1.152 billion for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) —reflecting the same funding level as the current 2015 fiscal year.  Unlike his previous budget requests, the president’s proposal appears to keep 21st CCLC as a formula grant that flows to state education agencies, with states holding a competitive grant process at the state level.  The proposal from previous years to turn 21st CCLC into a national competitive grant competition is not included in the proposal this year.  However, as in past years, the budget proposal does propose using 21st CCLC grant funding for new purposes including adding time to the traditional school day or year, and for teacher planning and professional development.  The budget proposal comes as ESEA reauthorization efforts in the Senate HELP Committee seek to eliminate 21st CCLC.

In a challenging budget environment in which many programs face consolidation or elimination, the proposed level funding for 21st CCLC in the budget request demonstrates the importance and value of afterschool and summer learning programs.  Yet, we know that even with this strong support, more than 11 million students remain unsupervised after school and the parents of almost 20 million students would like their children to be in programs but they are unavailable, unaffordable or both.

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