Florida Senate's plan for after-school programs has local providers rattled
Republican leaders of the Florida Senate want to drastically change how they dole out funding for after-school programs that provide homework help, mentoring and gang prevention services to thousands of children, often living in Floridaâs most impoverished and vulnerable neighborhoods.
Senators want to increase funding, provide it to more organizations and ensure the dollars are spent on programs proven to bolster childrenâs academic performance.
But without any notice about the proposed change, administrators of non-profits that rely year after year on the designated state funding said they feel blindsided and rattled with uncertainty and questions.
âIt came out of nowhere,â said Daniel Lyons, executive director for the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. âIt just caught us off guard with how it all developed. ... It felt like a sucker-punch.â
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