Sequestration Update: Summer 2012
POSTED ON JULY 24, 2012/UPDATED ON NOVEMBER
NPTA’s public policy office has shared some new resources that detail
potential negative impact of sequestration (looming across the board Federal
cuts scheduled for January, 2013) on public education.
An EdWeek Blog Post, entitled Alarms Sounded as Federal Ed Cuts Loom (go to:
http://bit.ly/MgnoFz) presents a quick
primer on the status of sequestration and actions on the part of the
education community. The blog also contains links to some state specific
information for a few places (TX and VT for starters).
The reports, one from the American Association of School Administrators
(AASA) and the other from the National Education Association (NEA), paint a
clear picture concerning this very real threat - and how it may impact your
school district. As you know, PTA has been actively advocating to raise
awareness to this issue. Both are hyper-linked below.
Please use this information to bolster advocacy efforts concerning education
funding across your state's membership - and please let us know how we can
assist you in your efforts! National PTA is working on template media
materials to assist state congresses and district-level units in public
education on the issue of Sequestration to be used during the August recess,
so please stay tuned!!
National Education Association (NEA) Analysis of Program-by-Program (and
The detailed analysis (available by clicking
here) provides updated estimates for specific education program (plus
Head Start, which is administered by the US Department of Health and Human
Services) cuts by state. Please note that these numbers have been updated
since first released in January of 2012.
- The broad, blunt cuts of sequestration will reduce funding to the
U.S. Department of Education and Head Start by an estimated $4.5 to $4.8
- Sequestration would roll back Education Department funding to
pre-2003 levels, impacting between 8.9 million and 9.4 million students.
- Potential job losses are projected to be
between 74,600 and 80,500. These reductions come as schools and colleges
enroll 5.4 million more students than they did in 2003 and the costs of
K-12 services have increased 25 percent.
Looking to particular programs:
- Title I funds would be cut by $1.2 billion, dropping to 2007 levels,
impacting 1.8 million students and eliminating 16,100 jobs.
- IDEA funds would be cut by $973 million, dropping to 2006 levels,
impacting 495,000 students and eliminating 12,600 jobs.
- Title II Grants for Teacher Quality funds would be cut by $207
million, dropping to its lowest level since its creation in 2002,
eliminating 2,800 jobs and reducing funding for class size reduction by
- Rural Education Achievement Program funds would be cut by $15
million, dropping to 2002 levels, and impacting 400,000 students, even
though rural schools have absorbed 70 percent of the growth in the
nation's school enrollment.
Cut Deep: How the Sequester Will Impact Our Nation's Schools:
For the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Report, go to:
http://bit.ly/LMyEoH. Explore AASA’s survey for a nationwide look at how
schools are responding to the threat of sequestration - and how they will be
impacted, should the cuts go into effect. This is a VERY USEFUL tool in
communicating with policy makers to raise awareness of and fight
A few select excerpts:
- State/ local governments and school districts have very limited
capacity to soften the cuts of sequestration. Nine of ten (90 percent)
respondents reported that their state would be unable to absorb or
offset the cuts of sequestration, equal to the 89.5 percent indicating
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- School administrators report a variety of approaches in planning for
sequestration. More than half (54.1 percent) of respondents reported
that their budget for the 2012-13 school year built-in cuts to off-set
sequestration. Less than half (45.2 percent) of respondents reported
that they are waiting to see when/how sequestration unfolds. Their
budgets did not build in cuts to offset sequestration, and they plan to
'...make any necessary changes as needed, when the cuts happen'.
- The cuts of sequestration will translate to reductions in, and
eliminations of, personnel, curriculum, facilities and operations.
Respondents reported that the cuts of sequestration would mean reducing
professional development (69.4 percent), reducing academic programs
(58.1 percent), personnel layoffs (56.6 percent) and increased class
size (54.9 percent). As one respondent from Alabama replied, "The bottom
line is that kids...pay the price."
- School administrators, by a large margin, describe the
sequestration-related information provided by the federal government as
'non-existent'. For those reporting some type of information from the
federal government (the administration or Congress), respondents
describe the quality of information as poor/very poor.
What is Sequestration? (PDF)
Fiscal Year 2013 Sequestration Report (PDF)
PTA Support of Murray Amendment (PDF)
Murray Sequestration Amendment
What NY will Lose