In the midst of the fiscal cliff, a new poll demonstrates that Americans strongly support funding for education. In a poll released last week by the Forum for Education Investment and the Committee for Education Funding, most Americans (55%) say education programs should be protected from automatic cuts in spending, more than the number who would extend such protection to tax cuts for corporations (13%), Bush-era tax rate reductions for those with incomes over $250,000 per year (21%), or defense spending (39%). Two thirds of the public (66%) believe that education programs should either not be cut at all or not cut as much as other programs. 57% of the public see it as important to protect funds for special education for children with disabilities, topping the list of education programs.
Findings also indicate that overall, 58% of the public supports raising taxes for those with incomes over $250,000 versus 42% who favor across-the-board spending cuts. Those across the board spending cuts (also known as Sequestration) are set to begin on January 2, 2013 and would impact all education programs. Want to know more? Read CEC's Sequestration Q&A.
The public’s support for education funding is related to it's believe in the value of education and its ability to help the economy. In this poll, about three-quarters or more of all Americans endorse the belief that education:
· Is important to future economic growth (86% agree, including 54% who strongly agree) · Moves people into the middle class (77% agree, 39% strongly) · Makes it possible for more people to attend college (76% agree, 38% strongly) · Prepares students to be productive citizens (75% agree, 42% strongly) · Helps students get good paying jobs (74% agree, 38% strongly) · Improves America’s global competitiveness with countries such as China (73% agree, 42% strongly)
Congress and the Administration are negotiating the fiscal cliff right now. On Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 - 12.12.12 - CEC is hosting a national call in day - telling Congress Stop Sequestration! Save Special Education! Join CEC and tell Congress to preserve funding in education - pass a balanced plan that preserves funding for education. Our nation and our children and youth need these important resources.