Education

Cities Rally to Support After-School Programs

By Nora Fleming — April 25, 2013 1 min read

Cities are playing an increasing role in supporting after-school opportunities for students, even with strained resources, says an opinion piece written by local officials, featured on edweek.org today.

Authors Christopher Coleman (mayor of St. Paul, Minn.), Karl Dean (mayor of Nashville, Tenn.), James Mitchell Jr. (city councilmember in Charlotte, N.C.), Betsy Price (mayor of Fort Worth, Texas), and Ronnie Steine (city councilmember in Nashville), write that city governments and community partners play an essential role in providing safe, enriching environments for students when they aren’t in school.

“As mayors and city council members, we have a unique bully pulpit from which to promote the after-school hours as a time of enrichment and learning,” they write. “In collaboration with other local partners, we can work collectively to provide all young people in our communities with access to high-quality after-school and expanded learning opportunities.”

But after-school programs not only benefit students, they say; the opportunities provided can help in lowering city crime rates and improving career pathways for students, whereby stimulating the local economy.

The piece profiles efforts in their respective cities to promote after-school programs:
- The Nashville, Tenn.: Nashville After-Zone Alliance
- Charlotte, N.C.: city spends $590,000 funding six after-school providers
- St. Paul, Minn.: Sprockets program
- Fort Worth, Texas: city spends $1.4 million annually supporting 94 after-school initiatives for four school districts

The authors also offer recommendations for how cities can strengthen after-school opportunities, namely: improving the data and information for parents and the community about what options are available, combining funding sources and developing creative sources of revenue to support programs, and bolstering the collaboration between city agencies, schools, and community organizations.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Beyond School blog.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Future of Work Webinar
Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
Content provided by Learning.com
Mathematics Online Summit Teaching Math in a Pandemic
Attend this online summit to ask questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment, and engagement in math.
School & District Management Webinar Examining the Evidence: Catching Kids Up at a Distance
As districts, schools, and families navigate a new normal following the abrupt end of in-person schooling this spring, students’ learning opportunities vary enormously across the nation. Access to devices and broadband internet and a secure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Speech Therapists
Lancaster, PA, US
Lancaster Lebanon IU 13
Elementary Teacher
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools

Read Next

Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read