It seems as if not a day goes by without more and more news coverage of the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations and their progress – or lack thereof. If our nation goes “over the fiscal cliff”, many important programs will receive devastating cuts – the U.S. Department of Education’s budget will shrink by over $4billion dollars – IDEA alone will lose over $1billion dollars. Every school and family in our nation will feel the impact.
Want to know more about sequestration’s impact on special education? Read CEC's Q&A.
Education is NOT the only thing at stake. Sequestration will also impact many programs that children and their families rely on like housing and social services, medical research, public safety and law enforcement. To learn more about how reductions will impact these programs also read this FAQ.
Wonder how this might impact your state? Check out this report issued by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) which details state by state impacts of the pending cuts. And for education specific information, check out this state-by-state report created by NEA. Together, these will give you an idea of what you can expect.
So join us! Take 5 minutes and stand up for Special Education – Call or email your members of Congress NOW! Use CEC’s Legislative Action Center and all you need to know is your zip code. We use that to tell you who your Senators and Representative are and we give their phone number and email. Use our talking points to get your message to them directly. Use the links in the charts above, and let them know what these cuts will mean to you and your state.
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Together we can make a difference!