CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of after-school programs say the study help, social skill-building and supervision they provide is at stake if President Donald Trump’s administration cuts the main federal funding for such programs.
Trump proposes eliminating the $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which provide child care, academic support and enrichment activities for an estimated 1.6 million kids.
For instance, programs in Circleville, Ohio, serve over 160 students from the city and surrounding rural areas, many struggling academically.
Trump’s budget director has suggested there’s no evidence such programs improve students’ performance in school, but school officials in Circleville say that’s not their experience.
They cite individual stories of student improvement, and the superintendent credits after-school programs with helping to boost the district’s graduation rate significantly over the past decade.
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