LOS ANGELES – Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling on Congress to nix plans to cut federal funding specifically designated for after-school programs in a proposed reauthorization of the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.
Schwarzenegger is holding a national summit Tuesday in Los Angeles featuring education, business and law enforcement leaders. He held a similar event when federal after-school funding was in jeopardy in 2003.
The proposed House bill is stalled while Senate leaders work on a bipartisan draft.
More than 10 million children currently attend after-school programs. According to the nonprofit Afterschool Alliance, nearly 20 million more students would be enrolled if additional programs were available.
Skeptics point to the Department of Education's own studies showing after-school participants don't show improved academic outcomes.