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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports on an increase in academic focus among after school programs in Tarrant County, Texas. The article discusses the tutoring and homework help offered by programs run by the Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc., and Salvation Army as part of a "national surge" in after school programming brought on, in part, by No Child Left Behind. In addition, the article looks at growing demand for after school programming, particularly among lower income students, and at the ways programs are partnering with teachers to increase student achievement.

Cited in the article is HFRP's Priscilla Little, who talks about the role that the federal government plays in funding after school programs and explains how after school programs are helping to address problems that schools alone cannot solve.

Excerpt from the article:

"Priscilla Little, associate director of the Harvard Family Research Project, said the federal government is spending more on after-school programs than ever before. She said 10 agencies fund the programs, with the largest one, the Education Department, dishing out about a billion dollars a year.

"'Increasingly, people are understanding that we have a huge education problem in the country, and schools are not going to solve it alone, nor should they,' Little said.

"She said much of the federal funding, and much of today’s approach to after-school programs in general, is related to the No Child Left Behind Act."

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