Capital NY: Advocates push administration on summer program funding

By Eliza Shapiro

5:25 p.m. | May. 20, 2015

The Campaign for Children, a coalition of after-school providers and advocates, held a rally on Wednesday calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to restore cuts made to after-school programs in the executive budget.

The cuts could affect summer programming provided by after-school organizations for up to 40,000 middle school students.

The funding cut was first reported by Chalkbeat earlier this month. 

De Blasio has expanded after-school offerings for middle school students, and has pledged to further expand programming for middle schoolers, making the funding cut particularly notable.

Advocates and program directors say they need assurance about the funding before the final budget is due on June 30, since programs start the first week of July. 

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