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Group pushes legislature on money for after school programs

Group pushes legislature on money for after school programs


IN PAY…HAPPENING NOW AT THE STATE CAPITOL A PUSH FOR HIGH QUALITY AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMS.THEY ARE CALLED “EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES” OR E-L-O’S.IN TEXAS, THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FROM KINDERGARTEN TO HIGH SCHOOL DEPEND ON IT.CLOSE TO 900-THOUSAND ACCORDING TO THE AFTER SCHOOL ALLIANCE.BUT SUPPORTERS SAY THERE IS A NEED TO EXPAND IT.ALICIA INNS IS AT THE STATE CAPITOL TO TELL US ABOUT ONE OF THE HURDLES THEY ARE TRYING TO OVERCOME.GOOD AFTERNOON, THIS ALL COMES DOWN TO FUNDING OR LACK THEREOF– IT’S A PROBLEM THESE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SOLVE SINCE A BILL WAS FILED IN THE 83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION ASKING FOR MORE MONEY.THAT BILL CONTINUES ON DURING THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND ADVOCATES SAY WITHOUT MORE FUNDING — SERVICES COULD GET CUT.RIGHT NOW, MOST OF THE ELO MONEY COMES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT…PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL HIS FIRST BUDGET WOULD INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL 20 BILLION RAISED BY REPRIORITIZING FEDERAL DOLLARS..BUT FEDERAL LAWMAKERS CAN CUT THAT MONEY. THE “TEXAS PARTNERSHIP FOR OUT OF SCHOOL TIME” TELLS US THEY HAVE A GOAL THIS STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION — TALK TO LAWMAKERS ABOUT PROVIDING RESOURCES FOR A GRANT PROGRAM. IT WOULD ALLOW SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO IMPLEMENT AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS..THE STATE BUDGET, HOWEVER, IS ALREADY STRETCHED PRETTY THIN.. WE TALKED TO AN AUSTIN PARENT WHO SAYS SHE RELIES ON THESE SERVICES FOR HER DAUGHTER.. “THERE ARE OPTIONS FOR PARENTS OUT THERE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SITTING AT WORK STRESSED OUT WONDERING WHERE YOUR KID IS AT OR WHO WITH THEY ARE WITH. EXTENDED CARE HAS PROVIDED A SAFE ENVIRONMENT THEY ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO GROW WITH THEM AND ALSO IT’S AFFORDABLE.”WE LOOKED AT THE NUMBERS THERE ARE 1.5 MILLION CHILDREN IN TEXAS WHO WOULD BE INVOLVED IN AN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM IF THERE WAS ONE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE IN THEIR AREA… BUT AGAIN THE PUSH RIGHT NOW IS FINDING THE MONEY TO PROVIDE THOSE PROGRAMS IN THE FIRST PLACE. REPORTING AT THE STATE

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