U.S. Secretary of Education today issued the following statement on the Afterschool Alliance's nationwide Lights on Afterschool celebration.
"In today's knowledge economy, America's standard school day and year are simply too short to provide our students with the time and resources they need to earn a well-rounded, world-class education. Afterschool programs can provide a safe and engaging place where children can be productive after the school day ends. I commend the Afterschool Alliance for their advocacy on behalf of children and families who need and benefit from these programs. Lights on Afterschool celebrates schools serving as community centers and shines a spotlight on programs that give kids greater academic and extracurricular opportunities."