CAN Alerts

October 16, 2013

House Leaders Unveil Report Detailing Impact of Budget Cuts on Children, Families

Last week, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) released Children and Families First: The Harsh Impact of the Sequester and Other Budget Cuts Since 2010, a report which provides sobering details about the detrimental impact federal funding cuts have had on communities across the nation.

Since 2010, 45 education programs have been eliminated – including the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, the nation’s sole program focusing on high-ability learners – totaling over $1.2 billion. In addition to these program eliminations, sequestration cut over $2 billion from the U.S. Department of Education and the Budget Control Act put into place caps on non-defense spending which will result in a 40-year all time low, according to the report.

The report cites numerous layoffs of special educators and paraprofessionals who address the needs of children and youth with disabilities. CEC has been collecting stories of how budget cuts – whether from sequestration or state and local cuts – have impacted educators, early interventionists and children and youth with disabilities, so that policymakers have a full understanding of the impact federal funding decisions have on Americans.

Policy Insider.  Council for Exceptional Children, www.policyinsider.org, 16 Oct. 2013