Tell Congress about the Real Cost of Sequestration
July 11, 2012
A recent report from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) highlighted the devastating effect that budget sequestration will have on funding for education. Sequestration, which will take effect in January, will result in across-the-board cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary programs (most federal education programs fall in the non-defense discretionary category) by as much as nine percent. Federal education funding overall will be reduced by $4 billion, and Perkins will be cut by $102 million for Fiscal Year 2013 alone! The impact of sequestration on education has generated a strong reaction from the field and on Capitol Hill. “The idea of across-the-board cuts is ludicrous. The implications of this are unknown, but for the fact that they will be horrific,” said Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN). He called sequestration a “capitulation of responsibility” on the part of Congress that would cut federal support for education to the bone.
In reaction to the sequestration report, the Assistant Superintendent of Talbot County Schools in Maryland specifically noted the loss of Perkins funds as a major point of concern in their schools. Like many district across the country, Talbot County has been facing major reductions in funding at the state and local level. Through Perkins dollars, the district has been able to invest in an industrial freezer for their Culinary Arts program and a car lift for their Automotive Technology program, items they could not have otherwise provided for their students. Training and professional development for CTE instructors is another area where the district has effectively utilized Perkins funds. Sequestration cuts threaten to eliminate access to these resources for school districts and CTE programs across the county.
Contact your Members of Congress and let them know how important Perkins funds are to your school. Tell them to stop sequestration!