While we’re fighting to restore funding for afterschool in Minnesota, proposals at the federal level are threatening to eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently released a discussion draft Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill, the “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.” This bill would eliminate the 21st CCLC program, meaning the $11,400,000 that Minnesota received for afterschool programs through the last 21st CCLC grant cycle would be lost.
It’s hugely important that you reach out to your Senator today, especially if they’re on the HELP Committee, to let them know your concerns about the impact of eliminating 21st CCLC funding. Our own Senator Al Franken is on the Committee, and while he is generally supportive of education initiatives, we need him to step up and be Minnesota’s champion for afterschool programs in Congress and in the HELP Committee. Click here to view talking points and send a message to Senator Franken.