Educators are outraged that inaction on the part of lawmakers means $3 billion will be cut from federal education programs 7.4 million students rely on, including those that serve at-risk and special needs students, rural schools, English language learners, homeless youth and young people aspiring to go to college.
“I can tell you that education cannot afford to have one penny cut from anywhere,” said Cindy Starks, a 6th-grade math teacher from Arlington, Virginia.
“It will be the neediest schools that rely the most on state and federal funds that will be hardest hit by this. I am truly sad that our legislators could not overcome their petty differences to figure this out. Cuts to education hurt us all, but most of all our most vulnerable.”
You can help get the word out about these draconian cuts by sharing the infographics, charts, videos and more below with your social networks.
Kids Not Cuts state-by-state and national infographics
Education Votes has created infographics that show the damaging effects of across the board cuts on public education. Graphics include numbers for both money lost as well as students affected by these losses.
Videos and graphics from 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year, Megan Allen
Megan Allen came to Washington with a story to tell. It’s the story of the gains the children who attend her high-needs elementary school have made, thanks in large part to the extra supports provided by federal funding for Title I and special education services and other programs.
But it’s a story whose ending is yet unwritten. On February 21, fifth-grade teacher Megan Allen testified before a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives to explain how across-the-board sequester cuts set to go into effect one week from today could literally end dreams for students like hers at Shaw Elementary School in Tampa.
“My students live in poverty and have special needs that federal funding helps meet—for example, keeping class sizes manageable so teachers can provide individual attention and support,” said Allen in her testimony. “For my students, a low student-to-teacher ratio is a dream lifter and life changer—essential if they are to realize their full potential.”
- Download or share the Megan Allen quote graphic you see above from NEAToday on Instagram
- Share the “Story of Daniel” and “Kids Not Cuts” videos from NEA and Megan Allen
- Check out Megan Allen’s White House video
Interactive map of state-by-state cuts
Check out the new interactive map below to find out how much your state stands to lose in education funding and how many students will be hurt by these draconian cuts. You can even click through to view and share a state specific infographic on the cuts with your social networks.
View 2013 Sequestration Map in a larger map
“Remembered” ad from NEA hits Senator McConnell
NEA’s newest ad, “Remembered” hits Senator McConnell for his support of across the board cuts and refusal to close tax loopholes for corporations and the richest few.
“How will you be remembered Senator McConnell? For serving honorably? Or for inflicting pain on millions, just to protect tax loopholes for corporations and the richest few? By refusing to budge, you and Republican leaders have guaranteed reckless, automatic cuts that will devastate our troops, first responders, students, educators, families, seniors, and could destroy a million American jobs. Is this how you want to be remembered, Senator McConnell?”
Kids Not Cuts data and charts
NEA has produced a series of charts that detail the effects of across the board cuts on each individual state and program. Check out the links below to find information on your state, download a copy, and share amongst your friends and networks.
- Find out how pending across the board cuts would impact individual education programs, such as Head Start, Title I, School Improvement Grants, IDEA and more.
- Find out more information on cuts in specific states by clicking the links in the table below.
Ways to get involved
There are tons of ways you can involved in the fight to stand up for Kids Not Cuts. Visit the links below to sign our pledges, send emails to congress, share your story and more.
- Sign the Kids Not Cuts pledge
- Sign the Colleges Not Cuts pledge
- Share your story on how across the board cuts will impact your students and schools
- Send an email to your elected officials urging them to reject cuts to education funding
- Call the Educator Connector hotline at toll-free 1-866-293-7278 to be connected to your congressional offices and speak to your elected officials