Sequestration has caused cuts to federal education funding for each state in fiscal year 2013. With respect to special education funding, the chart below shows estimated reductions state-by-state for the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B Grants, as well as estimated staff losses.
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September 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.
You 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.