Governor Chris Sununu met with Trump Administration officials earlier in the week, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, according to the Union Leader. During his trip, he talked about proposed cuts to federal funding for after school programs:
In meetings with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Sununu urged the administration to reconsider budget provisions that eliminate popular after-school programs.
“I believe very strongly in a lot of these after-school programs, especially in the summer, which provide depth to kids who don’t have a whole lot between June and September,” he said. “So all these programs have a huge effect, especially when you are dealing with a drug crisis and problems in our cities for low-income families.”
According to NPR, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes a $1.2 billion cut to federal funding for after school programs, known as “21st Century Community Learning Centers.” Twenty-four districts receive funding from the program, operating 67 programs. The state received a total of $5.6 million of federal funding for programs in 2016.