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Local News in Brief : Child Care Funds OKd

The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency approved $2 million Wednesday to help kick off Mayor Tom Bradley’s proposal for an after-school education and child care pilot program in 10 elementary schools.

The money would provide tutoring services and baby-sitting by high school- and college-age students over the next two years. Bradley made his proposal last month in his State of the City address.

Selection of the 10 schools that will participate in the pilot program will be made by a special panel that Bradley is expected to name. The program would be run by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The mayor said he wants the program to someday extend to 400 schools citywide. But such a widespread effort would depend on the lifting of a court-imposed ceiling on the amount of redevelopment taxes that can be spent downtown. Bradley is working to raise the ceiling to $5 billion from its current $750 million.

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