Barletta Calls on Budget Director to Restore SHINE Funding
Mar 15, 2017
Continues Efforts to Save Vital Afterschool Programs
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today joined Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) in sending a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney requesting that the administration strongly reconsider any proposals to eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, which provides federal funding for afterschool programs such as SHINE. SHINE, or “Schools and Homes In Education,” is a successful educational program in Carbon, Luzerne, and Schuylkill counties that Barletta has championed with state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon). Nearly half of SHINE’s funding comes from the 21st CCLC program.
“We write to express our deep concerns over reports that the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request will include elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program,” both lawmakers wrote. “This critical program provides a direct funding stream to allow children to have access to afterschool programming. We ask that you reconsider this misguided proposal.”
This is not the first time that the 21st CCLC program has been slated for elimination. Beginning in February 2015, Barletta began working to restore its funding by successfully negotiating 14 changes to a House bill that eliminated the program. He also established a record of support for afterschool programs in the House Education and Workforce Committee. On the House floor, Barletta spoke in support of his own successful amendment that requires school districts to report to state agencies on the use of Title I money for afterschool activities to further demonstrate the importance of such programs. Finally, when the legislation reached the conference committee, Barletta sent a letter to lead House and Senate negotiators imploring them to preserve the 21st CCLC program. As a result, the 21st CCLC program was reauthorized on a bipartisan basis under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
“SHINE has a record of success when it comes to providing kids with educational opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have had and benefitting families in northeastern Pennsylvania who balance work and raising their kids in a healthy environment,” Barletta said. “It is critical that we continue to support afterschool programs like SHINE, which have proven invaluable to so many families in our community. I look forward to working with the administration to restore this important funding.”
Barletta has been recognized for his work on behalf of afterschool programs, such as SHINE. Last year, Barletta was the only House member to receive the 2016 Congressional Voice for Children Award from the National Parent Teacher Association, due to his leadership in saving federal funding for after-school programs. He was also named an “Afterschool Hero” by the Afterschool Alliance for his strong support and work on learning programs. And just last week, the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network named him an Afterschool Champion for his commitment, dedication, and outstanding work on learning programs.
Click here to view the letter sent by Rep. Barletta and Rep. Cicilline to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.