Sequestration, the DC name for $85 billion dollars of across the board budget cuts, is less than 10 days away. If Congress and the Administration fail to act, the US Dept. of Education will lose $2.5 billion dollars on March 1. On February 19, CEC attended a speech that President Obama delivered at the White House in which he urged Congress to take all needed steps to ensure that sequestration cuts, which he described would have the impact of a “meat cleaver” do not occur. View his remarks here.
Following this speech, CEC attended a meeting with representatives from other national education associations and top level White House education policy staff. At this meeting, CEC presented specific concerns about how sequestration cuts will impact special educators and children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Read this Q&A for more information. White House staff is working with the education community to understand how budget cuts over the past few years have impacted education and how districts will be forced to cut if sequestration occurs.
According to CEC and CASE members, districts have made several cuts over the last few years and thus, sequestration is most likely to mean job cuts. IDEA is projected to lose $600 million in the next seven months. Districts will see reduced amounts in their July 1 allocations, thus this cut will impact the 2013-2014 school year.
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