This is an effort to stop the Elimination of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Beyond the Bell Youth Services after school programs. These programs are very important because nearly 60,000 students in grades 2 - 8 at all elementary and middle schools depend on them to have a safe place to play and learn.
This a copy of a letter sent to John Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District:
Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent, LAUSD
333 South Beaudry Avenue, 24th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
RE: PRESERVING BEYOND THE BELL YOUTH SERVICES FUNDING
Dear Superintendent Deasy:
The After School Action Coalition, (ASAC) ,is a group comprised of parents, students, community, business, education and neighborhood council leaders advocating to preserve LAUSD's Beyond the Bell Youth Services after school programs for over 60,000 after school program students.
On behalf of the ASAC stakeholders, we are respectfully requesting that the Beyond The Bell Youth Services Funding be restored to SUPPORT the after school arts, enrichment, tutorial and sporting programs at all LAUSD elementary and middle school campuses.
Vital Arts programs such as, the All District High School Honor Band; the annual Band & Drill Team Championships; Grammy Career Day in partnership with the Grammy Foundation; the Harmony Project Youth Orchestra; the Latino Art Beat Scholarship Contest with Art Share Los Angeles; the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz All City Jazz Band and the High School Choral Enrichment Program, would be eliminated.
Funding to support the school campus activities for the twenty-six current Proposition 49 after school contracted programs via the state's matching funds, would also be negatively impacted with the elimination of the Beyond the Bell Program funds.
Without stabilizing Beyond The Bell revenues, low income families in underserved communities of Los Angeles will be disproportionately impacted.
Please give your every consideration to continuing the after school Beyond The Bell Youth Services program funding. If you have any questions, please contact me at 323-660-7234.
Founder, After School Action Coalition