Hurrah for Longhurst

Filed in Delaware by on March 13, 2017

Delaware Public radio is reporting that “House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst (D-Bear) is calling on the state to restore funding for public after-school programs”. This is a good start, no, a great start.

“Right now, there’s only 26,000 kids in the state of Delaware in after school programs. I think that number needs to be doubled and we need to find a way to work together to get that number up,” she said.

Longhurst notes after school activities have been shown to boost grades. They also help parents with rigid work hours.

“They don’t get off work at 2:30 and 3:00 in the afternoon when their kids get off of school. They get off at 6:00, 7:00 or they do double shifts, or they’re sleeping or what have you. This is good for working families.”

The new recommendations champion a new government group to report on the most effective ways to fund these programs.

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  1. puck says:

    “The new recommendations champion a new government group to report on the most effective ways to fund these programs.”


  2. Longhurst has opposed any new revenue sources. So, uh, how does she propose to pay for it?

    Free pub with no responsibility to flesh out her proposal.


  3. Brian Stephan says:

    If there is no new revenue, something else gets gutted to pay for this.

    I don’t think you’ll find many people willing to publicly voice their opposition to after-school programs at the same time though, there seems to be no shortage of people willing to voice their opposition to additional revenue to pay for such programs.

  4. Ben says:

    but the republican governor said there isnt any money and there is nothing we can do about it………….

  5. mediawatch says:

    At the WEIC meeting two weeks ago, Carney suggested using federal Title I money as a way of providing extra resources for low-income kids and English-language learners. In the same vein, maybe someone in state government could recommend taking money from free and reduced-price lunches and using it for after school programs (for starving children).

  6. Liberal Follower says:

    Longhurst. A shallow thinker with a low IQ who wants more and more but won’t realize the bloated fat government and special interests she supports makes it impossible to spend on things which work

  7. Alby says:

    “…makes it impossible to spend on things which work”

    What are you, the designated troll of the week? Which “things which work” (you mean things THAT work, but never mind) are we failing to spend money on?

  8. Arthur says:

    She’s cute. I trust her.