Education

Schwarzenegger continues after-school education fight

Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger waits to speak to the press on Capitol Hill in this October 30, 2013 file photo taken in Washington, DC. Schwarzenegger is holding a national summit Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Los Angeles featuring education, business and law enforcement leaders as the former governor seeks to prevent cuts to federal funding for after-school programs.
Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger waits to speak to the press on Capitol Hill in this October 30, 2013 file photo taken in Washington, DC. Schwarzenegger is holding a national summit Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Los Angeles featuring education, business and law enforcement leaders as the former governor seeks to prevent cuts to federal funding for after-school programs.
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling on Congress to nix plans to cut federal funding specifically designated for after-school programs in a proposed reauthorization of the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.

Schwarzenegger is holding a national summit Tuesday in Los Angeles featuring education, business and law enforcement leaders. He held a similar event when federal after-school funding was in jeopardy in 2003.

The proposed House bill is stalled while Senate leaders work on a bipartisan draft.

More than 10 million children currently attend after-school programs. According to the nonprofit Afterschool Alliance, nearly 20 million more students would be enrolled if additional programs were available.

Skeptics point to the Department of Education's own studies showing after-school participants don't show improved academic outcomes.