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Education Funding

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Education Funding

Sequester Hits Special Education Like ‘Ton of Bricks’

Sequester Hits Special EducationSeptember 10, 2013

Since the first day of class for most schools in Michigan last week, Marcie Lipsitt’s phone has been ringing nonstop with parents distraught about cuts to their children’s special education services.

A new round of special education cuts were taking hold, prompted by a five percent reduction in federal funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), said Lipsitt, a longtime advocate for disabled children and co-chair of the Michigan Alliance for Special Education.

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Sequestration and Budget: What You Need to Know

budget-sequester-need-to-knowYou may have heard the word “sequestration” before, but what does it mean? And how does it affect funding for your child’s education? Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Sequestration?Sequestration is a budget-cutting process that is used when Congress cannot agree on a budget by a certain date. In 2013, the date was set to be March 1st. When Congress couldn’t agree on a budget by that date, these automatic cuts–adding up to $1.2 trillion–began and were supposed to continue for the next nine years. Sequestration caused across-the-board cuts that affected funding for specific education, health and military programs.

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