After-School SAIL Program Stuck In Harbor

The Delaware SAIL program, the legislation created by Valerie Longhurst is dead in the water, at least for this General Assembly.  As per the latest email from the Delaware House Democrats…

SAIL Program Put on Hold

With the state facing a multi-million-dollar budget shortfall requiring many difficult cuts, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst on Thursday announced she would put on hold her bill to create a new afterschool program providing homework help, enrichment activities and an extended school meal plan.

The program, dubbed the Statewide Afterschool Initiative Learning (SAIL) Program, was designed to help students become more effective learners and achieve better outcomes both in and outside their classrooms. However, House Bill 240 carried a $7 million price tag. Even with a drafted amendment to make it a pilot program and decrease the cost, Rep. Longhurst said Delaware’s budget crunch necessitated hard decisions.

“I am committed to creating a quality afterschool program that will keep kids engaged, boost attendance and enhance literacy, improving the likelihood that our students will stay in school and earn their diplomas,” said Rep. Longhurst, who sits on the board of directors for the Bear-Glasgow YMCA and Police Athletic League of Delaware.

“However, when I look at the full picture of our budget, I know we cannot afford it this year. It’s hard to ask for money for this program when we simply don’t have the funds for many basic state functions and have to make tough cuts across state government. This was a really difficult decision because I have seen firsthand the need to increase children’s access to quality afterschool programs.”

As part of the move to put a hold on HB 240, Rep. Longhurst also announced her intention to create a task force including afterschool stakeholders that would review afterschool programs in Delaware; how funds are spent; how to target children not currently being served; and how to best close those gaps.

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2 thoughts on “After-School SAIL Program Stuck In Harbor

  1. The multi million dollar shortfall could easily be mitigated by raising the rates just the upper echelons of income get taxed…

    To drive home what is really happening, the line (so billionaires can keep more of their money) should be tacked in to every statement over “why” we have to cut necessary programs…. Notice the difference in tone from yours above… and this.

    With the state facing a multi-million-dollar budget shortfall (so billionaires can keep more of their money) requiring many difficult cuts (so billionaires can keep more of their money), House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst on Thursday announced she would put on hold her bill (so billionaires can keep more of their money) to create a new afterschool program providing homework help, enrichment activities and an extended school meal plan.

    The program, dubbed the Statewide Afterschool Initiative Learning (SAIL) Program, was designed to help students become more effective learners and achieve better outcomes both in and outside their classrooms. However, House Bill 240 carried a $7 million price tag. Even with a drafted amendment to make it a pilot program and decrease the cost (so billionaires can keep more of their money), Rep. Longhurst said Delaware’s budget crunch necessitated hard decisions (so billionaires can keep more of their money).

    There is SO MUCH that is not said in today’s major media reporting…..

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