Trump Budget Proposal Threatens AmeriCorps Program

AmeriCorps

My daughter is in her second year as an AmeriCorps service member. She works not at a school but for a nonprofit that connects the arts community to low-income families, exposing them to museums, galleries, and performances they wouldn’t experience otherwise.

Some AmeriCorps members work directly in schools, however, making a difference in the lives of students whose schools have few resources.

Here’s an excerpt from Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization that covers education, which looks at how Trump’s budget, if implemented, would devastate AmeriCorps—and with it many of the education supports the corps members make possible.

From when the first students arrive until the last ones leave, eight young adults in white AmeriCorps T-shirts are a constant presence at Denver’s North High, a comprehensive high school where “Viking Pride” has not traditionally translated to academic success.

The corps members, part of a program called City Year, help run North’s social justice and writing clubs, hold kids accountable for their attendance and behavior, and team up with teachers to make math and literacy skills stick with ninth-graders.

All of that could vanish next year. President Donald Trump is set to propose slashing the AmeriCorps program from the federal budget, according to a document obtained …read more      

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