In March 2010, President Obama introduced the Blueprint for Reform, which presented the Administration’s proposed framework for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Blueprint attempts to redefine the nature and structure of the traditional school day, mainly by advocating for expanded learning time (ELT). The afterschool community is supportive of innovations that will help children succeed. But extra time alone is not enough—we must re-imagine the school day, making room for vibrant community partnerships and hands on project-based learning. It is also critical that we maintain dedicated funding for afterschool programs. Ultimately, it is Congress—your representatives and senators—that crafts the language reauthorizing ESEA; now, more than ever, the afterschool community must reach out to elected officials and explain why afterschool programs are absolutely critical in communities across the country.
There are three main issues facing afterschool as proposed in the Department of Education’s Blueprint:
Why are these issues potentially threatening to afterschool?
What are the solutions?
All children, especially at-risk and struggling learners, need and deserve quality afterschool opportunities. Congress is working on ESEA reauthorization language at this very moment. For the sake of the children, families and communities we work with every day, it is crucial that we raise our voices. For more information, visit our ESEA page.
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