This is what unacceptable looks like: “The Worst Victims of the Education Sequester”

Why is it that the students with the greatest need are consistently put in the position of not getting the support and resources they deserve?

Everyone responsible for this sequester business should be ashamed of themselves.

The students who will lose out will be the ones we should be most careful to protect: children from poor families and special needs kids.

Federal funding for education will be slashed by 5.1 percent, until Congress can agree on a new budget. Though the federal government only makes up about 10 percent of the total education spending, this share is significant in every town budget. Schools need Washington’s money to provide basic services for its students, as states and localities have faced their own budget crises in recent years.

To understand the severe unfairness of these cuts, lets start with a brief primer on federal education funding. The majority of federal funding for education is targeted for two groups of school kids — the poor and the disabled. Title 1 federal support for low-income school districts and Head Start the pre-school program for disadvantaged children serve the disadvantaged kids. The Department of Education support for special education amounts to between a sixth and a quarter of education spending in any given year.

via The Worst Victims of the Education Sequester: Special-Needs Students and Poor Kids – Laura McKenna – The Atlantic.

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One thought on “This is what unacceptable looks like: “The Worst Victims of the Education Sequester”

  1. My wife is a professional development specialist for Head Start. They will be cutting $90,000 from their budget, so have put all training on hold and will cut at least one classroom. To say “the students with the greatest need are consistently put in the position of not getting the support and resources they deserve” is an understatement. I appreciate your thoughts on this as not many people realize the lasting effect this will have.

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