That's because radical leftists honestly believe that only the state and federal government is capable of taking care of OUR children. You can get a better idea from this picture:
That's why non profit organizations such as the United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters have joined the "It takes a village" effort to help fund their after school programs.
Aside from federal funding, the United Way seeks to partner with private corporations. They say:
Partnering with United Way provides companies a way to invest strategically in their communities and advance the common good by creating lasting, sustainable changes that lead to better, stronger places to live and work.
(Remember back in the day when we thought the words "common good" was code for communism?)
The federal government has donated over $150M since 1992 to the Boys and Girls club. In recent years, the organization has focused on reducing high school drop out rates. The CEO back in 2010 received a measly $1M salary.
For the common good.....
Another example is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers here in Arizona. The state has received over $46M since 2010 from the Department of Education to fund 21st Century Community Learning Centers for after school programs.
"This federally-funded program supports afterschool community learning centers that operate primarily on school campuses statewide. Services include academic intervention and enrichment activities along with a broad array of youth development opportunities. These after school and summer classes complement the student’s regular school day program. The 21st CCLC programs mainly serve students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools and their families. After school programs help students meet the core standards in academic subjects such as language arts and math. In addition, other educational services are offered to family members of students participating in the program in order to further engage parents in their student’s learning and achievement goals."
According to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers website, they claim:
The average center provides services:
- 32 weeks of the year
- 4.8 days a week
- 3.2 hours per day
- To 287 students on a regular basis
In 2010, the Obama administration authorized the "School Turnaround AmeriCorp" initiative through the Department of Education. This initiative is a three year grant to pay "volunteers" to go to failing schools in an effort to boost graduation rates. These "volunteers" then receive a scholarship to attend college. (How qualified are they to tutor/mentor failing students?)
For the common good.