AASA Welcomes Clarification of U.S. Department of Education Plan for Sequestration Cuts

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Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953

Sequestration potential “should not upset planning or hiring for upcoming year”

Alexandria, Va. July 25, 2012. In a statement released late today, American Association of School Administrators executive director, Daniel Domenech, called the recent announcement from the U. S. Department of Education, “good news!”

On Friday last week, Department of Education Deputy Secretary Anthony Miller issued a clarification to the Chief State School Officers regarding the impact of sequestration on those federal education programs with advanced funds (Title I, Title II, IDEA and Perkins).

According to Secretary Miller, “If Congress does not act to avoid sequestration, and assuming the 2013 appropriations for these four accounts are structured similar to past appropriations,….the Department will take the sequester funds from the funds that will be available July 2013 for the school year 2013-14,” not from funds for the 2012-13 school year.

“This means school districts will not have to begin now making plans for cuts for the coming school year,” said Domenech. “However, we remain concerned about the possibility of further deep cuts to education when schools are already suffering from years of economic downturn. We urge Congress once again to find a way to avoid this disaster.”

AASA has been advocating for a policy solution to avoid sequestration and has been asking the administration to provide information to schools to support their efforts to prepare for deep cuts. On July 10, AASA released a new study, Cut Deep: How the Sequester Will Impact Our Nation’s Schools demonstrating the potential harm that the cuts will have on schools across the nation. In conjunction with the release, AASA also sponsored a panel discussion on Capitol Hill with educators and legislators on the potential effects of sequestration.

Sequestration is the name of the automatic, across-the-board, federal funding cuts, established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, which will go into effect on January 2, 2013, if Congress does not agree on a balanced deficit reduction plan.
For more information, including the text of Secretary Miller’s memo, are available on the AASA’s The Leading Edge blog.

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