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