After school education and safety (ases)
June, 2018 – The Budget Conference Committee released their final recommendations for the 2018-19 budget, which unfortunately does not include our request for additional funding for ASES (to bring the daily rate to an average of $9.25 per student). The Governor negotiated with legislative leaders last week so we expect this to be the final budget for the coming year.
While we are disappointed with the outcome this year, we are incredibly proud of the growing awareness and dedication to Save After School. Thank you for getting involved and raising your voice. Together, more 300 organizations and 10,000 expanded learning program staff, families, and students took action to support more funding for ASES. We will continue our fight to keep high-quality after school programs open for the students, families, and communities that need them. Look for efforts later this year to strengthen relationships with elected officials, gather key data on our needs, and form our legislative priorities for next year. Note: the $50 million increase that we secured last year, to bring the daily rate to $8.19 per student, will continue in the 2018-19 year.
May, 2018 – The budget request to increase the ASES daily rate to $9.25 per student will now move on to the Budget Conference Committee. The California State Assembly recommended an additional $76.3 million for ASES programs, while the California State Senate recommended $0.
On May 15, hundreds of after school youth, providers, and other advocates rallied at the State Capitol for the 14th annual Afterschool & Summer Challenge. Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago headlined the event. Students delivered 10,000 handwritten postcards to legislators. Participants went to every legislative office to share their stories and request more support for after school programs, including the ASES Budget Request.
April, 2018 – The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education will be discussing our budget request on May 10 at 9:30 AM. This may be the last opportunity to speak at a hearing in support of this request. If you can't make it to the hearing, you can submit a letter of support by 3 PM on May 7. Registration is closing soon for the 14th annual Afterschool & Summer Challenge on May 14-15 in Sacramento.
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March, 2018 – The budget request to increase the ASES daily rate to $9.25 will be discussed by several legislative committees over the next 2 months. To be successful, we need your help each step of the way. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education hearing will take place on March 13 at 9 AM. We need people to speak in support at the hearing, and to send letters of support in advance. The Partnership for Children & Youth released findings of their latest field survey: rising costs continue to threaten after school programs.
February, 2018 – The Legislature and Governor heard your calls to #SaveAfterSchool by providing the first funding increase for ASES in over a decade. While we are grateful for the rate increase, we only secured half of our budget request. With the annually rising state minimum wage, many programs expect to be in the same dire need within the next few years. That is why the Save After School Campaign is requesting an additional $76.3 million to raise the daily formula to an average $9.25 per student in 2018-19. We are thankful to have Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) supporting this budget request again!
June, 2017 – California took a leap forward for students, families, and communities and provided critically needed funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs that benefit over 600,000 California low-income students across California. Governor Jerry Brown signed the California State Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which included an additional $50 million in ongoing funding for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. Though the $50 million only goes halfway in meeting the field's current fiscal needs of a $9 daily rate in response to the increased state minimum wage, this is an essential first step that will allow programs to stay open and ensure thousands of students continue to have a safe place to go after the school bell rings. This significant success could not have been possible without key legislators who prioritized our budget request, the Governor shifting his position on where additional funding for after school should come from, and YOU! Read the full press release.
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June, 2018 – AB 1744 (McCarty) passed the Senate Education Committee with a unanimous vote. 20 people spoke in support during the hearing and our coalition gathered support from more than 100 organizations and 900 individuals across California via letters and our petition. Your continued support is key to moving this forward. AB 1744 will be heard in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, June 20, at 1:30 PM. Add your name to our petition.
May, 2018 – AB 1744 (McCarty) passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and then again passed the Assembly Floor with unanimous votes. The bill will now move onto the Senate and will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on June 13.
On May 15, hundreds of after school youth, providers, and other advocates rallied at the State Capitol for the 14th annual Afterschool & Summer Challenge. Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago headlined the event. Students delivered 10,000 handwritten postcards to legislators. Participants went to every legislative office to share their stories and request more support for after school programs, including AB 1744.
April, 2018 – Thanks to you, AB 1744 (McCarty) passed the Assembly Education Committee and the Assembly Health Committee with unanimous support. It will be reviewed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 9. Letters of support are due by 3 PM on May 7.
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March, 2018 – AB 1744 (McCarty) will be discussed at the Assembly Education Committee hearing on April 11. We need people to speak in support at the hearing, and to send letters of support by 3 PM on April 5.
February, 2018 – Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) has introduced AB 1744 to help increase the access and quality of after school programs for youth in California's most underserved communities through tax revenue from Prop. 64 - the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016, in which voters were told millions of dollars would be raised for after school programs.
21st century community learning centers (21st cclc)
March, 2018 – Congress passed the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which included $1.2 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), an increase of $20 million over last year's budget. Take a moment to thank Congress and encourage them to keep fighting against President Trump's calls to eliminate funding in 2019.
February, 2018 – President Trump has called for the elimination of funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) in his 2019 budget blueprint. 21st CCLC is the only federal funding explicitly for expanded learning (after school and summer) programs. Many programs in California depend on this funding, particularly summer learning programs and programming for high school students (for which this is the only public funding source).
How you can help: Contact your federal representatives about this proposal that would result in thousands of jobs lost and hundreds of thousands of young people on the streets without a safe place to go after school.
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