About the Issue
Starting in March, over the next nine years, cuts of over $1trillion in federal spending will happen if Congress does not act on budget sequestration, which requires across-the-board cuts in nearly all federal spending programs. These cuts will be evenly divided between military spending and non-defense-related spending. (Only a handful of programs, such as Medicare, Pell Grants and child nutrition programs are exempt from sequestration, or have limits on the percentage of funding that can be reduced.) Sequestration will have a devastating impact on education! Funds to states will be cut 9% each year over this nine-year period. Here’s the impact of sequestration on key education programs that serve children with learning disabilities (LD):
Special Education – The program that provides specialized instruction for 2.4 million students with LD will be cut by hundreds of millions in 2013 alone. This drastic reduction will be on top of the small amount of funding – only $17 billion – that special education already receives.
Title I – The primary program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to support the education of economically disadvantaged students will be cut by approximately $1 billion in 2013. Many students with LD receive Title I services in addition to special education.
Head Start – The program that provides early childhood services for almost 1 million low-income children – will be cut by hundreds of million in 2013. More than 95,000 young children will stop receiving critical services that been proven to have lasting effects for children and families and save taxpayer dollars in the long run by reducing costs for welfare, special education, and criminal justice.
Please join NCLD in telling Congress: Don’t Cut Our Kids' Education! Learn more about why sequestration is likely to happen.