Friday, November 16, 2012
What the hell is sequestration? Let's just call it a fiscal cliff....
Has your board considered a resolution urging members of Congress to stop sequestration?
School boards can help NSBA lobby to avoid fiscal cliff
Political pundits are already warning President Barack Obama and members of Congress not to spend too much time basking in their Nov. 6 victories. Beginning next week, Congress and the White House will start the tough negotiations to deal with the , which is the cancellation of budgetary resources.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 will impose across-the-board cuts of approximately 8.2 percent to education and other domestic programs in FY2013 unless Congress intervenes by
Jan. 2, 2013.
Most school districts would not see any impact until the 2013-14 school year,
but those consequences will be severe. Districts that receive Impact Aid funds
would see immediate cuts.
already have passed resolutions urging members of Congress to stop sequestration, which is also being called the fiscal cliff. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is to pass a resolution, write letters to local newspapers and take actions to publicize schools’ plights. NSBA also wants your stories about how these cuts could impact your students and schools. for a list of actions for local school board members and more information about the threats.
New York Times By MOTOKO RICH Published:
During the campaign, both President Obama and Mitt Romney repeatedly extolled the value of schools and teachers. Mr. Romney, in their first debate last month, even vowed, “I’m not going to cut education funding.” But if his fellow Republicans in Congress and Mr. Obama cannot agree on a resolution for the country’s looming debt crisis, the automatic budget cuts and tax increases that will kick in next year could spawn another round of belt-tightening at public schools already battered by the recession and its aftermath.
Here are some facts about how public schools across the country could be affected if President Obama and Congress don’t reach some agreement on solving the nation’s debt problem by Jan. 1 and the country goes over “the fiscal cliff” and “ takes effect.
NSBA School Board News Today by Joetta Sack-Min
November 15, 2012
If the so-called fiscal cliff occurs, school districts across the country will see larger classes, fewer teachers and program specialists, a decline in professional development, and potentially devastating cuts to programs that help disadvantaged students.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) hosted a media conference call to discuss the looming “ and the impact it could have on federal K-12 programs. More than 200 school districts have passed resolutions urging Congress to spare education programs, which collectively make up less than 1 percent of the total federal budget.
Sequestration: Fiscal Cliff Ignites Education Activism As Poorest
Juandiego Wade is worried.
he's responsible for the well-being of its 4,000 students. And if Congress
doesn't come up with a solution to upcoming automatic budget cuts soon, his
students may feel the loss. "We've already been cut to the bone,"
Wade said. So with the estimated reduction of $350,000 to his district's
budget, it's hard to see what else can go before cutting teachers. Virginia may have
to fire four teachers, special education programs, and help for delinquent
On Wednesday, the National School Boards Association trotted out school board members, including Wade, on a conference call to make their case.
One of the best things about getting to write The Educated Reporter blog is that it helps me keep up to date on the latest issues and concerns for public education. At the same time, I’m continually amazed at how quickly the jargon and buzzwords seem to multiply on the education beat. Starting today, I’m going to do my part to help add some clarity to the conversation. On a regular basis, I’ll tackle an Education Buzzword You Need To Know. (I say this with the full realization that such designations are highly subjective. But let’s give it a shot, shall we?)
Posted by Lawrence A. Feinberg at 6:20 AM