Chalkbeat: Pending federal budget pact spares Colorado tutors

Earlier fears about the effect of proposed federal budget cuts on a program helping tutor inner-city Colorado school kids have been allayed for now, reports Chalkbeat Colorado. The education news service says the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the federal agency responsible for that funding turns out not to be part of a pending budget accord in Congress. So, the Colorado effort, part of the federal AmeriCorps program, can continue in the coming year assuming that budget provision sticks.

As Chalkbeat put it:

The deal would be a win for 11,000 schools across the country where corps members serve as mentors, tutors, and extra sets of hands in classrooms.

In Colorado, some of the funding makes its way via Colorado’s state government to the City Year program, which among other things has been giving a hand to several schools in Denver:

At Denver’s Manual High School, principal Nick Dawkins told Chalkbeat that the school’s City Year corps members had logged 875 hours helping students with literacy and math this year, in addition to surprising teachers with treats and playing chess to connect with kids.

Created more than two decades ago under the Clinton administration, AmeriCorps is sort of a domestic version of the Peace Corps. Its members commit to full- or part-time national service addressing education, health care and other needs in communities across the country.

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