Details of FY2011 Spending Bill Released

 From: The Afterschool Alliance
April 12, 2011

 
Details of FY2011 Spending Bill Released
 
Early Tuesday morning the details of the final FY2011 spending bill were released.  HR 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, funds the federal government through September 30, 2011.  The bill cuts $38.5 billion in spending compared to FY2010 levels, including a cut of $5.7 billion to Labor, Health and Human Services and Education agencies.  Funding for all non-defense programs was reduced across the board by .2%.  Both the House and Senate are expected to pass the bill later this week.
 
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal funding stream that exclusively supports before school, afterschool and summer learning programs, was not mentioned by name in the FY2011 spending bill.  However, it is believed at this point that the House and Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending that funding for the program be reduced by $10 million in addition to the .2% cut, resulting in a funding reduction of approximately $12.3 million.  Confirmation of this reported cut is pending as the Department of Education will make final determinations on spending levels for programs not mentioned by name in the bill. 
 
A second key funding stream supporting afterschool programs, the discretionary side of the Child Care Development Block Grant which includes funding for school-age childcare, will be funded at approximately $2.2227 billion, a $100 million increase over FY2010 levels. 
 
The cut to 21st CCLC is painful and could result in more than 12,000 children losing their afterschool programs.  However, we recognize that these are tough times and that our bipartisan allies in Congress held firm in protecting the program from deeper cuts. A special note of thanks goes to all Members of Congress who championed these programs, as well as the thousands of friends of afterschool programs who contacted their Members of Congress urging support for these critical initiatives that inspire learning, keep children safe and help working families.
 
Several other sources of afterschool funding were substantially reduced.
 Note that the following reductions are in addition to the .2% across-the-board spending cut:
 
GEAR UP (Education) reduced by $20 million – estimated
TRIO (Education) reduced by $25 million – estimated
Americorps (CNCS) reduced by $23 million
Community Development Block Grant Programs (HUD) reduced by $43 million
Weed and Seed (Justice) reduced by $20 million – program eliminated
Juvenile Justice (Justice) reduced by $148 million
YouthBuild (Labor) reduced by $23 million
Arts Education (NEA) reduced by $13 million
NASA Education (NASA) reduced by $38 million
Education and Human Resources (NSF) reduced by $10 million
A table showing the impact of the $2.3 million cut to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative on each state can be found here.
 
A summary of the bill from the Senate Appropriations Committee is available here.
 
A summary of bill from the House Appropriation Committee is available here.  
  
Complete bill text of HR 1473 can be found here.  
 
A broader explanation of cuts to the Department of Education budget as posted by Education Week can be found here

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