Federal Update: Join NAESP’s Effort to Stop Unprecedented Education Cuts

Communicator
Setpember 2012, Volume 36, Issue 1

An 8.2 percent cut to federal programs, including education, is scheduled to begin in January, 2013—and NAESP needs your help to try to stop it.

Without Congressional action, nearly all federal education programs, including Title I and IDEA state grants, will be hit with unprecedented cuts, putting over 80,000 educator jobs and essential student services at risk. Because this is a presidential election year, few legislative days remain for Congress to pass a bipartisan, balanced deficit reduction deal to reduce the impact of this “sequester,” or automatic budget cuts.

Congress must act now. This is why NAESP needs your help.

You will receive an NAESP Advocacy Action Alert in your inbox Thursday, September 20, inviting you to join thousands of state, local, and national organizations in an effort to ask lawmakers to support a bipartisan deficit reduction deal. Your members of Congress need to hear how cuts of this magnitude would impact your school. The easiest way to write to your federal lawmakers is through NAESP’s Legislative Action Center. Talking points and instructions will be included in Thursday’s email.

Schools have been reeling for the last several years from budget shortfalls, slicing away programs and eliminating dedicated teachers. We cannot afford to continue to carve away at our schools.

To learn more about looming federal budget cuts to education, visit NAESP’s Sequestration Resource Page. If you have any questions about this issue, or about contacting your members of Congress, please contact Emily Rohlffs, erohlffs@naesp.org.

Emily Rohlffs is NAESP’s legislative and advocacy coordinator.

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