Group pushes legislature on money for after school programs

Texas State Capitol building. (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)
Texas State Capitol building. (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Education advocates were at the Capitol Monday pushing for better Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO).

Texas Partnership For Out of School Time said without more funding — services could get cut. Their goal during this state legislative session — talk to lawmakers about providing resources for a grant program.  It would allow school districts to implement afterschool programs. The state budget, however, is already stretched pretty thin.

Right now, most of the ELO money comes from the federal government. President Trump promised on the campaign trail his first budget would include an additional 20 billion raised by re-prioritizing federal dollars. But federal lawmakers can cut that money.

A bill was filed in the 83rd legislative session asking for more money and continues on during this legislative session.

“There are options for parents out there,” said parent Vangie Serrano. “You don’t have to be sitting at work stressed out wondering where your kid is at or who with they are with. Extended care has provided a safe environment they allow your child to grow with them and also it’s affordable.”

There are 1.5 million children in Texas who would be involved in an afterschool program if there was one accessible and affordable in their area.

 

 

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