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July 15, 2011

Swords Drawn on 21st Century Community Learning Centers?

A group of senators proposed a reauthorization plan yesterday for the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program that would enhance application protocol and accountability requirements for after-school, before school, and summer programs.

March 02, 2011

Tough Sledding for After-School Funding on Capitol Hill

The big story on after-school programs right now is the federal budget, and all indications are that it's going to be tough sledding on Capitol Hill.

January 03, 2011

Boxer To Co-Chair Senate Afterschool Caucus

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is replacing Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) as a co-chair of the Senate's Afterschool Caucus.

October 01, 2010

Statewide Networks Voice Concerns About 21st Century's Fate

Many people had questions about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program during the Network Lead Meeting of the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks in Washington this week.

September 23, 2010

Community Centers Turmoil in This Week's Ed Week

Education Week story this week looks at the funding proposal for the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program.

September 16, 2010

More on 21st Century Centers

I've been talking to more people this week about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and the appropriations bill in Congress that would allow the initiative to fund extended-learning-time efforts as well as the after-school, before-school, and summer school programs it now supports. ...

September 08, 2010

Groups Back Expanding 21st Century Learning Centers

An assortment of education groups is urging Congress to make funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program flexible and open to expanded school day schedule initiatives, as well as after-school and summer school efforts. Only a few weeks ago, you may recall, a Senate subcommittee ...

June 15, 2010

Summer Learning on Capitol Hill

"What would I do without summer learning?" That question, posed by Baltimore 4th grader Brandon McKoy on Capitol Hill this morning, capped an interesting event where a "new vision" for summer school was unveiled to congressional staffers and education advocates. Officials of the National Summer L...

June 10, 2010

Michelle Obama Targets Summer Learning Loss

First lady Michelle Obama's campaign to get kids exercising and eating right is well-known; this week she added summer reading to her list of healthy to-do's for kids. At an event in Washington to launch the "Let's Read. Let's Move." initiative, Mrs. Obama and congressional leaders packed "Healthy ...

May 20, 2010

Mayors Urge Support for 21st Century Centers

Forty-five mayors wrote Congress this month, urging members to continue and expand federal support for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The mayors—all affiliated with the U.S. Conference of Mayors—addressed their letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the...

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