According to one poll, 85% of Americans are not pleased with Congress’ performance. In fact, the same poll shows that American’s questioned think more highly of the DMV, IRS, and cockroaches than Congress.
As of today, the federal government has been shut down for 8 days, with federal agencies operating with minimum staff, such as those who address issues of “the protection of life and property”. At the U.S. Department of Education, this means that 90% of the agency’s 4,000 employees have been furloughed. Over the last couple of days, a growing number of employees have been brought back to work at the CIA, Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration. But, thousands remain unable to return to work.
Tell us: how has the shutdown impacted you, children, schools?
In an admirable show of generosity, philanthropists Laura and John Arnold are reported to have contributed $10 million to enable over 7,000 at-risk children to return to their Head Start classrooms. Since the beginning of the shutdown, seven Head Start programs in six states – Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi – had to close, leaving 7,195 children without services. According to the National Head Start Association, this number will swell to 11,000 more children loosing Head Start services if the government remains closed through October.
CEC is collecting stories to share with lawmakers the impact the shutdown is having on children and youth, their families and educators. Please take a moment to share your feedback with us -- it will go a long way to supporting our advocacy efforts to reopen the government! Comment below or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgClick here to read a letter to Congressional leaders from CEC as a member of the Committee for Education Funding.