Library Excerpts

“When we gave up phonics,” he says, “we destroyed the reading ability of those kids.”
Bill Gates in Parade Magazine

“I think that after school programs are meant to go and provide tutoring and homework assistance, two very important academic components that are apart of after school programs. So those that are learning English should go to after school programs and learn English and get extra tutoring. Our administration put extra money, millions of dollars, into tutors so they can go and help those that are English learners, because we have to get them up to speed as quickly as possible.”
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Q & A at Hispanic Journalists' 25th Annual Convention

“Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma and about 1.2 million students drop out annually. ‘When more than 1 million students a year drop out of high school, it’s more than a problem, it’s a catastrophe,’ said former Secretary of State Colin Powell, founding chair of the alliance.”
MSNBC.com article “Bad Rap on High School Graduation Rates”

“After School Programs Save Taxpayers Money, New Study Concludes-- California’s Proposition 49 Would Save Taxpayers $3 for Every $1 Dollar Spent”
- The Costs and Benefits of After School Programs: The Estimated Effects of the After School Education and Safety Program Act of 2002.

“Most of the tremendous financial benefits offered by after school programs come from diverting at-risk youngsters from a life of crime,” said Rose Institute Senior Fellow Steven B. Frates. “But even excluding the crime reduction data, we find that after school programs are highly cost-effective.”
- Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College

“The ability to read and write is fundamental to leading a full and productive life.”
Governor Schwarzenegger proclaims September “Literacy Month”