Daily News: Budget Threatens After-School Programs

By Erin Durkin

Some 37,000 after school program seats are on the chopping block in Mayor Bloomberg’s latest proposed budget.

The $66 million cut to after school programs run by the Department of Youth and Community Development is part of an annual back and forth that has become something of a ritual between the mayor of the City Council, with the Council each year restoring some or all of the funding.

But advocates say that annual process obscures real cuts – with 35% fewer kids served by the Out of School Time program compared to 2008.

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