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Governor: CNY districts to receive $1.9 million for after-school programs

Central New York School Districts will receive $1.9 million for after-school programs next year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Central New York School Districts will receive $1.9 million for after-school programs next year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The funding, which Cuomo said represents a 106% increase over last year, is part of $35 million approved by the state legislature earlier this year.

"To do what you want to do you're going to need to get a good education," the Democrat told a room full of students at Le Moyne Elementary in Syracuse.

The governor's office says the money will be shared by the Syracuse City School District and Oswego City School District and benefit 1,239 additional students:

  • SCSD: $1,416,000 | 885 additional students served
  • OCSD: $566,400 | 354 additional students served


All told, a total of 2,405 students will be served by the Empire State After-School Program in the two districts, more than double the amount from last year, according to the governor's office.

Research indicates after-school programs decrease drop-out rates and reduce juvenile crime, the governor's office said. Students in high-quality after-school programs also tend to have better relationships with their peers and conduct in school, in addition to higher scores on standardized math, reading and language arts tests, research has found.

"Quality after-school programs have also been found to have a $3 return on investment for every dollar spent," the governor's office said in a release.

Gov. Cuomo touted the funding for after-school programs as the latest effort by the state — which already spends more money per-student than any other state in the country — to bolster education. The governor cited increased funding for pre-school programs and teachers, the state's free college tuition scholarship and other efforts as prior steps taken by the state to improve education.

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