Afterschool Programs Worry About Funding Loss

More than 100 after-school programs, serving nearly 30,000 students in Mississippi, received money from the 21st century community learning centers program, a 5-year federal grant. But, Superintendent of Education Carey Wright says, she recently discovered that MDE’s office of federal programs awarded more money than available funds.

The issue leaves the education department with a potential $19 million deficit in federal funds. As it attempts to sort all this out with the U.S. Department of Education, it leaves in limbo programs, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta, that relied on the grants to pay for staff and programming.