Monday, March 25, 2013

Reverse the Effects of Sequestration on Special Ed: Congress says No Way

By Doug Goldberg from Special Education Advisor Blog

In case you have not watched the nightly news in the last few months you might not have realized that sequestration began on March 1, 2013. You may not even know what sequestration is but if your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) you will most definitely see the effect. According to USA.gov, “Sequestration, sometimes called the sequester, is a process that automatically cuts the federal budget across most departments and agencies.”

One of the biggest areas effected by the sequester is Education and more specifically Special Education. According to an article in the Atlantic, The Worst Victims of the Education Sequester: Special-Needs Students and Poor Kids, “Title 1 and Head Start will lose $740 million and $406 million, respectively. Special education will lose $644 million.” This means that special education will lose more than 5% of their funding. The chart below was put together prior to the final amounts but illustrates the effect the sequester will have on each of our States.

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