This evening, the Senate is expected to vote on the bipartisan budget measure forged by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and released last week.
The deal, hailed by neither party, has been deemed a compromise that would – importantly for educators – ease sequestration cuts which slashed over $2 billion from the U.S. Department of Education in 2013, including over $600 million for special education programs.
CEC has called the budget proposal a step in the right direction, citing an absolute need to stop future funding cuts while also viewing education – and special education – as an investment that is necessary to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.
This budget deal provides a spending cap for all federal program and funding levels for individual programs, such as IDEA, will be decided by a January 15, 2014 deadline.
That’s why now is the time to use CEC’s Legislative Action Center to urge Congress to increase funding for special and gifted education programs! Help our policymakers understand the importance of investing in special & gifted education!
For a neat, quick video that provides an overview of the budget deal, check out the Washington Post TV.