The Washington budget battle: What it means for students and families

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If Congress fails to act by the end of the year on the looming “fiscal cliff,” essential services will be severely impacted by deep across-the-board cuts. If this were to happen, this could mean another $5 billion cut from education, which would have a devastating impact on our schools.

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  • Services will be cut or eliminated for more than 9 million students, including 1.8 million students living in poverty and receiving Title 1 services.
  • 69,000 students in our neediest schools will suffer with cuts to School Improvement Grants.
  • Students with disabilities will receive fewer services due to a drop in funding to 2006 levels, despite a 27 percent rise in costs since then.
  • Rural education will be cut by $15 million, even though rural schools have absorbed a 70 percent increase in school enrollment.
  • Nearly 80,000 education jobs will be lost at early childhood, elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels.

Rather than hurting students and families across the country, Congress must act to find a balanced solution for reducing the deficit while making critical investments in public education and the middle class. Educators, their Association and President Obama have come together to appeal to legislators to put the middle class first by creating jobs, not cutting programs working families need.

It’s vital that we protect the middle class, stop giving tax cuts to the wealthiest and make sure our public schools have the support and funding necessary to give students the education they deserve.

Reader Comments

  1. Thank you for continuing your efforts to keep education funded (especially special education) above and beyond the “fiscal cliff.” We “middle class” workers (and retired school teachers still volunteering and teaching as needed) also appreciate anything you can do to help stop “right to work” legislation.

    I moved to Colorado from Florida in 1978 because Florida had no teacher unions and protections. Men with lesser degrees of education and training earned more money for doing the same work. When I moved my children (then 5 and 7) to Colorado, I immediately received a $3,000 raise. In Florida, instead of giving me a living salary, the school “gave” me $2,000 above and beyond my $10,000 salary to purchase supplies for my special education classrooms. What a travesty! I am deeply concerned about the negative mood towards workers and unions in the United States. I do not believe that average citizens understand the problems associated with teaching in non-unionized states.


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