SALT LAKE CITY — Among the programs President Donald Trump’s new budget blueprint would slash is funding for after school programs for low income students throughout Utah.
“I was devastated. How can you abandon the future of children in America?” said Margaret Peterson, Executive Director of the Community Education Partnership in West Valley City.
Peterson’s agency runs after school programs in 19 schools in West Valley City, serving 5,000 students this year.
“It would mean 5,000 kids this year would lose academic tutoring,” Peterson said, adding that 300 employees would lose part-time jobs, and the only non-profit after school program in the city would be gone.