“…..Margaret Peterson, who directs after-school programming for 23 public schools in West Valley City, cringes at the president’s call to kill the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which supports academic enrichment for primarily low-income students.
The West Valley City school programs that Peterson oversees have collectively received roughly $850,000 each year from the federal program since 2009, with the money going toward tutoring, parenting classes and juvenile-delinquency prevention workshops for the 5,000 students who participate. Without the funding, those after-school initiatives would evaporate and 350 employees, she said, would lose their jobs.
Statewide, some $2 million annually funnels through the program.
“The impact of losing these funds is devastating,” Peterson warned…..”