This morning, US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, testified about the potential impact of sequestration before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees education appropriations. Watch his testimony here: Secretary Duncan layed out the anticipated cuts to all education programs, including IDEA. He testified that Title 1 will lose over $1 Billion Dollars and IDEA Part B grants to states alone will lose over $900 million dollars.
Secretary Duncan explained that if Congress allows sequestration to occur the loss of federal education funding will gravely impact state and local budgets which are already stretched. He was also asked specifically about what impact this might have on education reforms like Race to the Top and other significant efforts that states are currently undertaking. He was clear that the loss of these important dollars would mean it would be very difficult for districts to just continue providing basic services, let alone tackle the challenges our nation’s schools face in their quest to again top the world.
Want to learn more about sequestration? Read this. For more information on how sequestration will affect non-defense jobs, please see this report from the Labor-H Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.
You can also see how individual states will be effected by viewing this excellent report from the Committee for Education Funding.
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