May 16, 2017: SACRAMENTO BEE - After-school programs at risk – will Jerry Brown help?

May 16, 2017

By Angela Hart

With after-school programs in California at risk under President Donald Trump, some state lawmakers and after-school advocates are seeking to pressure Gov. Jerry Brown to help.

Trump, in his budget proposal, has proposed eliminating funding for after-school programs. Cuts could affect 400,000 elementary and middle-school kids, according to the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, which is organizing a rally at the Capitol beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Advocates said they’ll demand that California fully fund after-school programs, despite proposed federal funding cuts. Speakers include Sens. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, Connie Leyva, D-Chino, and Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.

Following the rally, advocates are planing to march, then deliver more than 8,000 letters of support to Brown.

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