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Funding For After School Programs Likely Restored

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We’ve been following the campaign, led by the Educational Alliance, to restore funding for 88 community-based after school programs cut by the Bloomberg administration. Late last night, they got some good news. 80-percent of the funding for the “OST-2” program was tentatively added back into the city’s budget. The budget negotiations are ongoing, so it’s not a done deal yet – but there’s reason for optimism. There’s also a possibility that the organizations could qualify for federal stimulus money. So, it’s conceivable the programs, which are utilized by more than 10-thousand children and teens citywide, could be funded in full. You can see our video report on a big rally the organizations held at City Hall last week. And here’s our story on the Educational Alliance’s very successful Teen Center.

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