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Boxer, Murkowski, Murray introduce bill to improve Afterschool Programs Nationwide
Bipartisan Legislation Would Reauthorize Successful 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Afterschool Caucus, joined Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to introduce the Afterschool for America’s Children Act, which would help children and families by investing in high-quality afterschool programs across the country.

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FY 2011 Budget Cuts 21st CCLC Program by $12.3 million

On April 15, 2011, President Obama signed into law the FY 2011 budget, which included across-the-board 0.2% cuts to education programs, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which reduced 21st CCLC funding by $2.3 million. The Department of Education had discretion to impose additional cuts in order to implement overall reductions to the Department’s budget, and on May 16, 2011, announced that 21st CCLC would face an additional $10 million cut, for an overall cut of $12.3 million, to a total for FY 2011 of $1,153,866.

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Summary of Federal 2010 Proposed Budget – No Increase For After School

The Obama Administration released the details of the Federal Budget for fiscal year 2010 earlier today. The budget contains no increases to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) after school funding. The Afterschool Alliance is urging advocates to encourage the Administration and Congress to increase after school funding increase in its appropriations bill, to be developed over the summer and fall.

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United We Serve – The Summer of Service and National Day of Service

The Obama Administration recently launched the United We Serve initiative. This initiative intends to usher in a new era of volunteerism and service to address community needs in education, health care, energy independence, economic renewal, and other issues. The initiative, which will be led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, officially kicks off on June 22 with the Summer of Service. and runs for 81 days through a new the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11.

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After School Opportunities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The California Afterschool Network Policy Committee offers the after school field a strong connection to California after school policy and funding information. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Fiscal Year 2010 (FY 2010) Federal Budget present many increased opportunities for out of school time programs. The California Afterschool Network is committed to keep Network participants connected to current information as new State and Federal opportunities for out of school time programs rapidly arise.

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Federal Investment in AfterSchool Act Proposes to Assist Rural Programs

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) recently introduced the Investment in Afterschool Programs Act (S. 1281). This bill to enhance after-school programs in rural areas of the United States by establishing a pilot program to help communities establish and improve rural after-school programs. The bill proposes to make grants to rural after school programs for transportation, professional development, strategic planning, and other activities.

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After School Meals Act of 2009 Proposes to Expand School Meals Act

Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced S. 990, the “After school Flexibility to Expand Reimbursement for School Meals Act of 2009″ (also known as the “After School Meals Act of 2009″) in May 2009. Shortly after it was introduced, S. 990 was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. This bill would authorize a nationwide expansion of the After school Meal Program, allowing children from all states to benefit from a nutritious meal after school. Under current law, only ten states can operate this program.

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FY 2010 Federal Budget Appropriations Bill Increases Federal After School Funding by $35 million

The Afterschool Alliance reports that Sunday afternoon, December 13, 2009; the U.S. Senate voted 57 to 35 to approve the FY2010 Consolidated Appropriations Conference Report. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law this week. The legislation includes a $35 million increase for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) initiative, bringing the total funding for 21st CCLCs to $1.166 billion.

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Federal Senate Bill Proposes to Enhance After School in Rural Areas

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) introduced the Investment in Afterschool Programs Act (S. 1281). This bill will establish a pilot program to help rural communities create and improve after school programs. The bill proposes to make grants to rural after school programs for transportation, professional development, strategic planning, and other activities. This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Education, Labor, and Pensions in June of 2009.

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President Proposes $100 Million Increase to 21st CCLC for FY 2012

On February 15, 2011, President Obama announced his proposed FY 2012 budget (FY 2012 begins October 1, 2011). The President’s proposed budget would boost current funding for the 21st CCLC (21st Century Community Learning Centers program) by $100 million to $1.266 billion. The President proposes to permit states to make 21st CCLC grants for not only after-school programs, but also additional programs, including summer school, time for teacher planning and professional development, and adding time to the traditional school day or year.