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New Poll: Majority of Americans want to Protect Funding for Education and CTE from Sequestration


December 11, 2012

By: Mitch

A poll released by the Committee for Education Funding and the Foundation for Education Investment found strong public support for protecting federal investments in education from devastating, across-the-board cuts. If Congress and the White House do not act before January 2, education programs like Perkins will face an automatic 8.2 percent cut—a $92 million reduction in Perkins funding for the 2013-2014 school year alone!

As the debate over the looming fiscal cliff continues, the poll reveals that protecting funding for education is a priority for most Americans. When asked which programs they considered very important for Congress to protect from automatic cuts, 55 percent responded for education (only Medicare and tax credits for low-income families ranked higher). The poll also illustrates the broad public perception on the value of education and CTE in economic growth and the development a competitive workforce. 86 percent responded that education is important for future economic growth, while 75 percent say it is critical component in obtaining a “good paying job.”

Thanks to everyone who participated in our day of action—please continue to make your voices heard in Washington. Tell Congress that they need to find a balanced approach to fix sequestration. Tell them that Perkins can’t afford any more cuts!

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