Sequestration and the Schools
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How did we get here?
What is it?
What does it mean?
What can I do?
How Did We Get Here?
• Stems from Debt Ceiling Debate, Summer 2011
• Resulted in Budget Control Act which, among other things,
created bipartisan, bicameral Joint Deficit Commission
• 12 member committee tasked with identifying $1.2 trillion
in cuts/savings over 10 years
• Failed to produce plan, triggering sequestration
What Is Sequestration?
Sequestration = automatic, across-the-board cuts
Process ‘triggered’ in Jan. 2012, cuts will come Jan. 2013
Impacts almost all aspects of federal budget; ALL programs in
USED except Pell
Initial CBO estimates placed sequestration cuts at 7.8%;
more likely to be at 9.1%
What Does It Mean?
Real-time, mid-year cuts
Remember the Title I and IDEA adjustments in Oct 2011?
Similar concept, except deeper.
Cuts to USED will be between $3.5 and $4.1 billion
Estimated Education Impact at 7.8% level:
Title I: $1.1 billion
IDEA $978 million
Head Start: $590 million
Cuts are coming, whether through sequestration or
Congress could act to identify blend of spending cuts,
revenue (taxes) and mandatory spending (Medicare) reform
Congressional action would likely still include cuts to
education, but to a much lesser extent
• Congress gave themselves the work of identifying$1.2
trillion in savings
• If we get to sequestration, it is because Congress failed to act.
• Sequestration is a blunt instrument, cutting all programs
without considering demand, effectiveness, or return on
• Efforts to exempt portions of the budget (i.e., defense)
simply amplify the severity of cuts to education
What Can I Do?
• Contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to
support Congressional efforts to pick up the work of the
• Use the Invoice on the ‘Resources’ slide to let your
Congressional delegation know how the sequestration cuts
would impact your district
• Work with your Board to explain to the community what
sequestration is and how it would effect your district
Complete a Sequestration Invoice and send it to your
Sign the Committee for Education Funding petition to avoid
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How will sequestration impact advanced funded programs?
Check out the AASA blog.
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American Association of School Administrators
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