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In the News: After School Matters slashes stipends

Students in Chicago's After School Matters program, which supports student participation in after school enrichment programs by providing participants with stipends, will face pay cuts of up to 75 percent this month as a result of funding reductions from Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois.

WBEZ's Linda Lutton found that students who were earning roughly $5 an hour in 2009 will now make about $1.10 an hour, which participants, parents and advocates worry will force students out of participation in a program that has kept them off the streets and engaged in career-forwarding after-school activities.

At the "Stand Up Chicago" coalition protest Monday, police arrested 26 demonstrators, many wearing Chicago Teachers Union T-shirts, who linked arms and sat down in Monroe Street as they chanted "Save our schools, save our homes!" They were ticketed and released. (

The 19 Lindblom Math and Science Academy students — freshmen through seniors who are studying Arabic — are on a cultural exchange trip to Qatar. While there, they are looking at water conservation issues in Doha and are putting together a short film about their experience with the help of Alexandra Cousteau, the grand-daughter of legendary environmentalist Jacques Cousteau. (Tribune)


School parent groups are no longer just about holding the next bake-sale fundraiser. They're about education reform. (Forbes)

A group of education experts at Teachers College at Columbia University is calling for New York state to spend more on education. At a conference on Tuesday, the Campaign for Educational Equity, an institute of the college, will make the case that the state, which spends an average of $18,126 annually per student, should also pay for an array of support services outside the classroom that would cost an additional $4,750 annually for every poor student, or millions more every year. (The New York Times)


Danny wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

ASM slashes stipends

Looking over the budget numbers presented in the WBEZ story, one wonders why the stipends were slashed so severely (75%). Their budget for this year is the biggest in the group's history. And yet, administrative costs TRIPLED from 2005 to 2010. Could it be that less dollars are going to teenagers because more dollars are going to adults?

Grandma wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: After School Matters slashes stipends

Sounds like After School Matters needs to take a walk over to the "Donors Forum Library." They need advice on how to be matched with donors for their program. The "Donor Forum" is supposedly the Midwest's Largest collection of resources on philanthropy and fundraising. Let's not disappoint the kids!! Keep this program going. Pretty Please!!

grandma wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

The will use the kids

The will use the kids "salary" for extending the day!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago


Seem's as if I will have to change my display name from "Grandma" to "Original Grandma" since someone else wants to use the same name but in all low case (grandma). I have been using this name for years on both Catalyst and District 299. It's only rcent that someone else wants the same identity.

The comments made after "Grandma" by "grandma" are not my words.
I will sign on as "Original Grandma" from now on!!!!!

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