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Summer and after-school programs may face government funding cuts




Teacher Arlene Lebowitz assists a student in her third-grade class during summer school July 2, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.
Teacher Arlene Lebowitz assists a student in her third-grade class during summer school July 2, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Many students across California are officially back at school, although some never left because they attended summer school.

But now, the Trump administration is proposing cuts that put summer school in danger.

"They're interested in de-funding the 21st-century community learning centers," says Deborah La Torre, associate with UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing. "This program helps to fund both summer schools and after-school programs within the state of California and other states."

All of the federally- and state-funded programs in California are required to have certain components.

"They're required to have homework help. They're required to have academic enrichment," says La Torre. "[Kids are] less likely to drop out of school or have issues in school if they attend after-school programs on a regular basis."

And hundreds of these kinds summer programs in California stand to lose millions of dollars in federal funding.

Listen to the interview with La Torre live on KPCC at 9:20 a.m.