Despite our relentless effort to get Citizen Schools funding reinstated in the House budget again this week, state support for Citizen Schools–and its focus on our students’ futures–is still in jeopardy. Early this week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will finalize deliberations on their budget, which to date still excludes Citizen Schools. At the end of the week, the DHHS budget will move to the Senate for additional revision, at which stage it will be even harder to recapture our funding.
DHHS currently provides 20% of our program’s budget through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Without this support, our ability to serve students in Durham, Henderson, and Charlotte will be seriously reduced.
We’ve heard repeatedly that our legislators want to hear from our supporters and from the educators, families, and students who have benefitted from the our program. Help us to continue to set children on paths to success in school and in life: please take a minute to e-mail the following legislators to tell them to save funding for Citizen Schools.