Restore funding for after-school services for 42,000 kids in LA
  • Petitioned Monica Garcia and LAUSD Board of Education

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Monica Garcia and LAUSD Board of Education

Restore funding for after-school services for 42,000 kids in LA

    1. Karen Mowrer
    2. Petition by

      Karen Mowrer

      Culver City, CA

The Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education has dealt a significant blow to families and communities in Los Angeles by eliminating Youth Services in its 2012-2013 budget. For years, Youth Services has provided free, daily, after-school programming to over 40,000 students grades 2-8 until 6pm.  Now, due to the Board's proposed budget cuts, all 40,000 of these students will be sent home immediately.  No playgrounds or safe haven will be open to them.  Some of the hardest hit families will be those in low-income neighborhoods whose parents will not be able to afford other care for their students.  Instead, they will be forced to send children as young as 5 or 6 years old walking home alone on the streets of Los Angeles, possibly with only an 8 year old to guide them. 

As a person that loves every child, I'm asking you to get involved and tell the LAUSD Board of Education that we will not tolerate this decision to put our children in danger.   According to the 2003 report published by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex.  Violent crime against and by children triples during these hours. Without a place to go, we are putting innocent children in the hands of the predator.

In addition, our most vulnerable children are being affected.  After-school programs are serving a high need population, and the 2009 America After 3PM study revealed that an average of 67 percent of kids participating in afterschool programs qualify for free/reduced price lunch, 14 percent are Limited English Proficient and 11 percent have special needs/disabilities.  The children who MOST need a safe place after school will be left completely unprotected.

We HAVE to stop this. We have to tell the members of the Board that they cannot do this.  Together, we must protect over 40,000 students who will be walking home alone to an empty house during the most dangerous hours. Through this petition, we will tell Monica Garcia and the LAUSD Board of Education that the safety of our children is our FIRST priority, and we won't give up without a fight. 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Bennett McClellan PARSVANATH VILLAGE, INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm still a voting resident of La County, with permanent address in Claremont, CA. I'm working to assure the future of democracy and unless the US makes a greater commitment to education, democracy is not going to make it into the 22nd century.

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      • almost 2 years ago

      My children had the opportunity to attend the after-school program. It allowed me to work (because of economic reasons) and to know my children were in a structured environment and be safe. They loved it and have many good memories. Now they are all grown and in college. But I have a granddaughter, age 21 Months. Her mom is a single parent and has to work to support her. When she attends school she can have the opportunity to enjoy what her mom enjoyed. We don't want latch key kids, higher crime rates because they are bored at home and may get into trouble, or God forbid an accident or death because these children had no supervision. This program works. Don't take it away from children. Help the parents too. Life is hard do to the rise in the cost of living and most parents have not choice but to both work. Let us all work together to help our kids. They will grow to show responsibility and respect because of these great programs. Thank you.

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    • Katie Soto LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am signing this because I recall being a child not having many places to go. Thank god I was in a childcare center till I culminated 5th grade. Now kids do not have those opportunities and need a safe place to be. NOT ON THE STREET OR NOT WALKING HOME TO BE LOCKED INDOORS WATCHING TV!! EDUCATION AND THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH IS AT RISK!! HELP THE KIDS!!!

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    • Lai Xu LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Do not cut funding for the children.

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    • magdalena lainez LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Friends who are single parents

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