Something noteworthy happened on Tuesday, when Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified at a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal. Midway through the contentious hearing, DeVos fumbled badly. She dismissed a question from Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) about afterschool funding by responding: “The afterschool programs have been identified as being very… there’s no data to show that they are effective in what the stated goal has been. In some communities they may be, but…” The secretary was saved by the bell, when Rep. Clark’s time ran out.

But, as Rep. Clark pointed out, reams of research, including studies of every kind, demonstrate the enormous and diverse benefits afterschool programs provide to students, families, schools and communities.

Read the full article HERE.

And take a look at Rep. Clark’s letter to Secretary DeVos here:  3.21.18 DeVos Afterschool Program Data Letter FINAL.