The U.S. Senate protects the largest federal after-school funding source in its reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, setting up a conflict with the House of Representatives, which wants to eliminate the program.
Next year's federal funding for after-school programs could be cut, eliminated or kept at the same level under four ESEA reauthorization and education spending bills being debated in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
A leading advocate for lengthening the school day says unless U.S. schools provide more time for students to learn and teachers to collaborate, the country's future economic prosperity will be put at risk.
A lack of research on the combined effects of in- and out-of-school STEM learning is impeding efforts to understand what programs work for which students.
Schools and communities need to do a better job of expanding access to after-school and summer learning programs, according to a panel of experts.
California's after-school grant program could receive an additional $25 million, its first increase in nearly 10 years, under a compromise between the state Senate and Assembly that is yet to be approved by Governor Jerry Brown.
Kiana Alvarez and more than half her classmates at Impact Academy of Arts & Technology near San Francisco credit school internships and other programs for inspiring them to become the first in their families to attend college.
After nine years without any increases, after-school programs funded by California's dedicated grant program say they can no longer afford to maintain the same quality and level of programming.
The YMCA and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) are set to double the size of a summer program that's been shown to increase reading and math skills by 2.4 to 3.5 months for the most underperforming students.
Amid mounting criticism, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reversed himself and agreed to continue funding summer programs for as many as 44,000 low-income middle school students.