Thursday, February 28, 2013

Torlakson, Duncan Urge Congress to Act Swiftly to Prevent Looming Sequestration Cuts


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson sent a letter on Tuesday urging Congressional leaders to work together and immediately pass legislation that would repeal drastic budget cuts set to take effect Friday under sequestration.
“Without Congressional intervention, automatic budget cuts from sequestration will take effect on March 1,” said Torlakson in a letter to Congressional leaders. “After years of extensive state and federal budget cuts to education, these cuts will devastate communities across California…. These automatic cuts will cause long-lasting and irreparable harm.”
Sequestration cuts could represent a $262 million funding reduction to California’s federal education program. These include estimated cuts of:
· $91 million for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, intended to improve education for disadvantaged students;
· $72 million in special education funding for programs that serve the needs of students with disabilities;
· $2.8 million for public charter schools;
· $6.9 million for Career and Technical Education;
· $9.6 million in funding for English learners; and
· $3.7 million in Impact Aid affecting students in federally impacted school districts in California, including children of active duty service members.
Read more of the EdBrief post HERE.
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