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Students, Community Groups Rally To Save After School Programs

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A large group of students and staff from dozens of community organizations came to City Hall this afternoon to fight for continued funding of after school programs (see our earlier coverage here). Mayor Bloomberg decided to cut off money the city allocates to 88 community-based after school programs. A coalition representing those programs delivered petitions with almost 5-thousand signatures to Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott. Several City Council members, including Alan Gerson, John Liu and Robert Jackson addressed the rally, promising to support their campaign. Look for a full video report tomorrow, featuring highlights from the speeches given by the councilmen and several students.

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