New Report: Sequestration Would Cut Perkins Funds in Communities with Greatest Need
December 6, 2012
A recent report
from the American Association for School Administrators outlined an important
trend in education funding that has major implications in the debate over
sequestration. The report analyzed revenues in school districts across the county
and compared the proportion of federal, state and local funding for education. While
their findings show that the average federal contribution to local school
budgets is 12.3 percent, over a quarter of schools received more than 15
percent of their total budget from the federal government. In 23 states, more
than half of districts had operating budgets where the federal share was above
the national average.
Perkins is part of the federal share of funding that schools
receive. If sequestration is allowed to happen, there will be $4 billion less
for education at the federal level—a $92 million cut in Perkins
for the 2013-2014 school year alone!
Though state and local dollars are the primary funding
sources for public education, the economic recession has left many states and
municipalities with tighter budgets and fewer funds available for education.
Those communities with the greatest need receive a larger share of federal funds;
however, they would also be hardest hit by sequestration. Tell Congress that we
need to insure access to high-quality CTE programs for all students. Tell them
that Perkins can’t afford any more cuts!