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New Report Released on How Federal Funding Cuts May Impact Individual States

Our July 10th post, Federal Funding Cuts to Impact Individuals with Learning Disabilities, highlighted the current status of federal budget discussions and the potential harm that sequestration (i.e., automatic funding cuts) will have on individuals with LD – those with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, and Related Agencies, just released a comprehensive report on the potential impact of sequestration on dozens of education, health, and labor programs. The report provides national and state-by-state estimates of the number of individuals who could be affected by cuts in services if sequestration goes into effect on January 2, 2013.

States and local communities would lose $2.7 billion in federal funding for just three critical education programs alone -- Title I, special education grants to states, and Head Start – that serve a combined 30.7 million children.

To look at the impact on your state, read Harkin’s report, “Under Threat: Sequestration’s Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services” (181 pages; table of contents appears on pages 5-7).

For background information about this issue, read our previous post, Federal Funding Cuts to Impact Individuals with Learning Disabilities.