The Bush administration acknowledges using the results of what many people view as a controversial study to justify a 40-percent budget cut to the $1 billion program that funds after-school initiatives in K-12 school districts.

The study finds that after-school programs do not improve academic performance, students' safety, or the number of children left home alone. After-school program advocates say the report, which is based on first-year results of the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, is too preliminary to be used as the basis of significant budget cuts and sweeping changes....

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