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After-school programs could come back to GRPS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - After-school programs could be coming back to one West Michigan school district after being shut down due to budget cuts two years ago.

All schools in the Grand Rapids school district could get their after-school programs back this fall, after a tenative agreement has been reached with the Michigan Department of Education.

In 2012, the district had to shut down the programs at 9 sites because they didn't have the money.

25 after-school programs still exist in the district, but not every child has the option of going, because of the cuts.

Next year, that could change, though, thanks to new funding from the Michigan Department of Education.

The district says it will receive money to provide after-school programming in every elementary, K through 8 and middle school, beginning next year.

GRPS is also hoping lawmakers will consider more grants for after-school programming, because of academic and community benefits.