Over 1,000 special educators from every state echoed the same message in a just-released survey conducted by CEC and the National Coalition of Personnel Shortages in Special Education & Related Services (NCPSSERS): budget cuts are impacting services for students with disabilities.
Last year alone, sequestration cut over $600 million from special education programs and over $2 billion from all programs at the U.S. Department of Education. All while state and local education budgets have also been cut.
So, it comes as no surprise that 94% of respondents said their school district has been impacted by budget cuts over the last year.
The CEC/NCPSSERS survey explains exactly how funding cuts are impacting services for students with disabilities. A warning: the results are not pretty:
- 83% of respondents say budget cuts have already impacted the delivery of special education services;
- 82% of respondents say there are ‘too few personnel to meet the needs of students with disabilities’ in their school district;
- 78% of respondents say budget cuts have resulted in an increase in caseload;
- 61% of respondents say budget cuts have resulted in an increase in class size;
- 61% of respondents say they work in a high-poverty school/district receiving Title I assistance; and
- 40% of respondents say that budget cuts have led to unfilled vacancies of school personnel and nearly one-third report layoffs of specialized instructional support personnel and teachers.
That’s why CEC, together with over 30 national organizations of NCPSSERS, is calling on Congress to stop cutting education funding!
Join us! Here are 3 things you can do to help lawmakers understand the consequence of cutting special education funding:
- EMAIL...The White House in a recent meeting with CEC has asked for even more stories and data on the impact of budget cuts to families, students, schools and educators! Share how budget cuts have impacted you, your students and your school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- WRITE...Send your representatives an email/letter and tell them to #SayNo2SpEdCuts!
- TWEET...Use these tweets and Facebook messages to help us spread the word.