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California's after-school programs in jeopardy




Students from LA's BEST's After School Arts Program at UCLA's Royce Hall.
Students from LA's BEST's After School Arts Program at UCLA's Royce Hall.
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In California, voter approved funding for after school programs has provided students with academics, fun, and a safe space.

But these programs could end up on the chopping block because of two well-intentioned Sacramento policies: a higher minimum wage and greater flexibility for school districts to spend state funds.

Advocates say that after school programs serving tens of thousands of kids may have to close as a result.

KPCC education reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has been covering this story. He joined Take Two's A Martinez for more. 

To hear the interview with Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, click on the blue Media Player above.