With the end of the federal fiscal year quickly approaching – September 30, 2012 – and the ever political presidential and congressional elections in November, Democrats and Republicans reached a deal on government spending. The deal – which has been agreed to in principle but will not be passed until September – would keep government agencies operating at $1.047 trillion until next March, the amount Congress set in last year’s budget negotiations, and would prevent a fiscal showdown just before the elections. Importantly, the deal does not address the 8-9% automatic cuts to federal programs – including education programs – that will take place on January 2, 2013 unless Congress acts.
These automatic cuts – known as sequestration – will have a potentially devastating impact on special education, cutting nearly $1 Billion from special education programs:
- IDEA’s grants to states for school aged children will be cut by $903,072,708 with 10,899 jobs no longer supported by federal funding;
- IDEA’s preschool program will be cut by $29,066,339, with 351 jobs no longer supported by federal funding
- IDEA’s infants and toddlers program will be cut by $34,531,356 impacting 26,949 children;
- IDEA’s support programs will be cut by $19.4 million; and
- Special education research will be cut by $4 million.
While many in Congress have been concerned about the impact of sequestration, the focus has largely been on the impact the automatic cuts would have on defense spending, not domestic programs such as education. Therefore, CEC and many in the education community have been mobilizing to explain how harmful the impact will be on programs that impact children and youth. Click here to see CEC and CASES’s survey results and email email@example.com to tell how these cuts will impact you, your students, and community.