5 Reasons You Should Care About ‘Sequestration’
By Mary Kusler, government relations director of the National Education Association.
Sequestration. What does this word even mean? Starting in January, there will be $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts (sequestration) over 10 years to reduce the deficit. This is on top of $1.5 trillion in cuts that have already happened. Cuts are split equally between defense and domestic programs.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should care:
1. Budget Cuts, The Kind That Don’t Ever Heal.
If the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts kick in on January 2 then education funding would drop to pre-2003 levels, even though public schools now have 5.4 million more students since then.
All federal education programs, including Title 1, IDEA, Head Start and English language learner grants, would face a $4.8 billion reduction in 2013.
2. This Really Hurts Our Kids.
More than 9 million students would lose essential services.?Head Start cuts would eliminate slots for almost 80,000 young children in early education programs.?Nearly $1 billion in cuts to IDEA would impact almost more than a half a million students with disabilities.?Education programs for homeless children would be cut by $5.3 million.?School Improvement Grants would be cut by $44 million, hurting 67,000 students in our neediest schools.