Upper East Side Patch UES City Council Rep Pushes For Universal After School Program by Brendan Krisel
Councilmember Ben Kallos authored two bills that require the city to meet all after school slot requests for public school students.
An Upper East Side lawmaker authored two bills that would require the city to fill all requested after school slots. (Shutterstock)
UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — An Upper East Side representative in New York's city council is helping lead the push for universal after school programs by authoring bills that would require the city to offer programming for nearly 600,000 students who want after school but are kept on a waiting list.
Under legislation authored by City Councilman Ben Kallos awith Staten Island's Debi Rose and Brooklyn's Mark Treyger, all public school students between the ages of three and 21 would be guaranteed space in a program through a Universal After School initiative. The bill requires city education officials to keep an annual report on the availability and need of after school slots as well as costs of the program.
The lawmakers are also pushing a bill that mandates annual reporting on funding, applications and demographics of after school programs at city schools. Both bills were discussed Tuesday during a public hearing at City Hall.