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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.

Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashes on Indiana’s ‘anti-gay’ legislation that ‘will hurt the GOP

Arnold Schwarzenegger has unleashed a tirade against Indiana's polarizing Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying the new laws are 'distracting and divisive' for the Republican Party. While the legislation has sparked a nationwide outcry, with many claiming it legalizes discrimination against lesbians and gays and causing boycotts of the state, the actor and former California governor has a different take on the controversy. The Daily Mail

Schwarzenegger: Indiana’s religious freedom law is bad for Republicans

It is for Republicans who choose the politics of division over policies that improve the lives of all of us. It is for Republicans who have decided to neglect the next generation of voters. It is for Republicans who are fighting for laws that fly in the face of equality and freedom.If we want our party to grow and last, we must be focused on real solutions to problems Americans are facing. The Washington Post

Schwarzenegger and Paige: Why Congress should keep funding afterschool programs

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, high-quality afterschool programs. The idea of providing programs for students to attend after the regular school day — where they can keep learning in different ways, play and stay in a safe environment — is a no-brainer, but somehow keeps falling under the radar of school reformers and policy makers. Washington Post

Schwarzenegger pushes Congress to save after-school funding

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a national summit Tuesday calling on Congress to preserve more than $1 billion in federal funding for after-school programs that have been criticized over lackluster academic outcomes for participants. Schwarzenegger was joined by education, business and law enforcement leaders in demanding that any reauthorization of the 2002 No Child Left Behind law maintain the funding for after-school programs. AP - Los Angeles

After-school programs make a difference

By Miguel Pulido, Mayor, Santa Ana, CA

The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are a critical time for children and teens, as this is the time each day that unsupervised kids are most likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. When children lack access to supervised activities or guidance after school, they are also lacking the skills needed to graduate high school and stay away from juvenile crime. But there is hope. The Orange County Register

Op-ed: South Salt Lake is proving the value of after-school programs

By Cherie Wood, Mayor, South Salt Lake, UT

Most people support improving our nation's educational system and encouraging young people to achieve their dreams, but many do not see the amount of work that goes on beyond the average school day to prepare school children for the future. On March 24, leaders from across the country will gather to pledge their support and raise public awareness of the importance on after-school programs and their benefits to school-age children and their communities. The Salt Lake Tribune

Lunde: Keep funding after-school programs that open opportunities for youth

By Jeffrey Lunde - Mayor, Brooklyn Par, MN

More than 10 million children nationwide are currently attending and benefiting from after-school programs. While this number seems high, 10 million is just scratching the surface of the number of kids who could be making positive strides in their studies, physical activities and general well-being during their afternoons. Sun Post