Rep. Carson Helps Restore Funding for Afterschool Programs
Washington, DC - Yesterday, the House approved a package of eight spending bills, covering non-defense spending for FY18.
Included in the bill was an amendment offered by Congressman Carson to restore funding to afterschool programs, which President Trump proposed eliminating.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program provides enrichment opportunities outside of school hours for students, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, including over 19,000 students in Indiana. These opportunities can include programs like academic support, mentoring, and cultural enrichment opportunities.
“Participation in 21st Century programs has proven successful in raising Indiana student achievement,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction in a letter to Congressman André Carson. “Indiana currently receives $19,766,739 in 21st Century funding...[This] proposal will negatively impact Indiana,” she said of the proposed cut.
“There is no greater investment we can make than in our children and their future. Afterschool programs work – they lead to higher grades, better school attendance, and better behavior among kids,” Congressman André Carson said. “Continued support for afterschool programs in cities like Indianapolis is critical for hardworking Hoosier families.”
Despite inclusion of his amendment, Congressman Carson voted against final passage of the spending package because of drastic cuts to numerous critical programs across the government. He believes that Congress must consider an alternative bill that provides the levels of full-year funding that will support middle-class families, invest in critical priorities, and keep the American people secure at home and abroad.