CEC staff met today with officials from the White House Domestic Policy Council, Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. Department of Education to share how budget cuts have impacted children, schools and communities. As you know, the cuts are hurting our ability to serve our students.
CEC and the National Coalition for Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services (NCPSSERS) have conducted a survey and are putting the data together from more than 1,000 special educators from every state who’ve told us how budget cuts have been impacting services and supports for students with disabilities. Stay tuned in the coming days for a full release of the survey!
Today, we delivered preliminary findings to officials who are working to reverse the trend of sequestration, the federal budget cuts that slashed over $600 million from special education programs last year alone.
We left the meeting today with homework: The White House would like even more stories and data on the impact of budget cuts to families, students, schools and educators! So, if you were unable to participate in our survey from earlier this month, you can still share with us your story about how budget cuts have impacted you, your students and your school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
And, don’t forget to participate in the Carve Turkeys, Not Educationcampaign! Right now, Congressional leaders are making important budget decisions that will determine future education funding levels. Use CEC’s Legislative Action Center to quickly and easily contact Congress!