NY Post: De Blasio pulls funding promised to after-school programs
The de Blasio administration allocated an extra $27.7 million in February so middle schools could add after-school programs in the summer.
Last week — just three months later — the schools were notified that the funds were being yanked and re-directed as part of a larger $50 million initiative by the administration to boost 130 struggling schools.
Now advocates and officials at the after-school programs — many of which have already hired staffers and enrolled students — are in panic mode.
“If the funding is not immediately restored, people then have to let staff go and notify working parents the summer program will not exist,” warned Jennifer March, executive director of the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York.
“The range of numbers we’re getting is between 17,000 to 40,000 children [will be affected].”
City Hall insisted it is working to “make comprehensive after-school opportunities available to all students.”