The Budget Control Act of 2011 is imposing across-the-board cuts of approximately 5 percent to education and other domestic programs in FY2013 through a process called sequestration (the cancellation of budgetary resources), Pursuant to the American Taxpayer Relief Act that was enacted earlier this year, the sequester was ordered on March 1 and slated for implementation on March 27. For fiscal years 2014-2021, the Budget Control Act would reduce budget authority for each year for defense and non-defense programs, meaning that the overall budget allocations for these programs would be lowered.
NSBA asks that you continue to contact your members of Congress and urge them to stop sequestration.
What can you and your local school district do?
1. Adopt a resolution (includes how to notify NSBA and a sample press release to notify your community)
View the local school boards that have adopted a resolution to show their support for public education.
2. Write your members of Congress
3. Write an opinion piece for your local paper
View tips on writing an op-ed or letter to the editor
4. Send us your stories of how sequestration will impact your local school district. To get the data required, school districts should look at their federal grant funding, with the exception of school nutrition, and multiply by 5% to get a general cost impact of sequestration on their district.
5. Review NSBA's Sequestration Q&A for more information.
What does NSBA have to say about this? Read this article from the American School Board Journal written by Michael Resnick, Associate Executive Director, Office of Federal Advocacy & Public Policy.
You can read NSBA's Issue Brief on the sequestration process here, but here are some quick facts:
The Facts About Sequestration
- For every $1 million of federal aid districts receive, they would lose approximately $50,000.
- The impact of a 5 percent cut to programs such as Title I grants for disadvantaged students would mean a cut of more than $726 million.
- Special education grants would be reduced by approximately $579 million.
- These budget cuts to education programs would take place in the middle of the 2013-14 school year, with the exception of Impact Aid, with which cuts would become effective in March.
- Sequestration’s budget cuts to these and other education programs would mean increased class sizes and less access to programs for children with special needs, as well as summer school, college counselors, early childhood education and after-school programming.
- In addition to school systems losing federal education funds, there are two indirect impacts. First, federal cuts for programs to state and local governments in other areas may result in those units cutting their aid to schools as they scramble to make up the difference. Second, in communities with a large federal presence, such as military bases or government contracts, the across-the-board budget cuts could be devastating to their economies in terms of lost sales and property tax revenues that are often used, in part, to finance education.
If you have any questions or if you would like to send us a copy of your board resolution, please contact Kathleen Branch, Director of National Advocacy Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)838-6735.