Kids, Politicos Rally to Save After School Funding
Last night, hundreds of kids, parents and local activists flowed into the auditorium at P.S. 134/137 on East Broadway to “make a stand” against Mayor Bloomberg’s cuts to after school programs. Next year’s city budget would cut after school and early education funding by $130 million. Bloomberg slashes funding for the programs every year — and every year the City Council restores the funding. The rally was attended by several politicians, including City Council member Margaret Chin and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Henry Street Settlement, University Settlement, Educational Alliance and the Chinese Planning Council all administer large after school programs on the Lower East Side. They were there in force at last night’s rally.