October 2, 2015

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You're Invited: Rally to Raise the Caps (in person and remotely!)

As part of our ongoing advocacy related to ensuring increased and appropriate federal investment in education--and against the preservation of the draconian cuts and fiscal pressure under sequestration--AASA remains committed to the idea that Congress can and should replace/repeal sequester. That means they need to #RaiseTheCaps, starting their annual appropriations discussions from a dollar amount that is not arbitrarily capped at post-sequester levels.

You'll recall that we have shared two toolkits related to #RaiseTheCaps: one for non-defense discretionary dollars (the broader portion of the budget that includes education funding) and one more specific to education. You should also check out the latest #RaiseTheCaps infographic, courtesy of our friends at the Committee for Education Funding.


  • The federal share of discretionary spending dedicated to children has dropped by 7.2% since 2010. Accounting for inflation the discretionary spending on children has decreased by 11.6% due to harmful sequestration cuts.
  • $80 billion: The amount federal education programs have been cut since 2010
  • $75 billion: the amount student financial aid has been cut since 2011
  • 11.6%: The decrease in federal spending on children, adjusting for inflation, since 2010
  • 50: The number of education programs that have been cut since 2010
  • American student rank well behind those in economically competitive countries on international tests: 17th in reading, 20th in science, and 27th in mathematics among the 34 Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
  • $579 million: Cuts since 2010 to IDEA, which serves students 3-21 with disabilities, due to sequestration
  • 57,000: The number of children who lost Head Start services due to 5.7% cut thanks to sequestration
  • 60,000: The number of students in 18 states that could lose access to pre-school entirely as a result of defunding die to sequestration
  • 12%: The amount federal spending is down for Title I, the major assistance program for high poverty schools
  • Unless the cap on non-defense appropriations is raised, it will be virtually impossible for Congress to approve increases to vital education programs.
  • Bottom line: Congress must raise the federal spending caps in order to make necessary education investments to support a high-skills workforce and grow the economy.


Now that Congress has averted a shutdown (At least until December 11), they are free to work on a more comprehensive approach to funding that MUST raise the caps for FY16. To that end, you are invited to participate in a Rally to Raise the Caps, in person or over social media, on Wednesday, October 7. The rally is being held at the US Capitol, East Front (the grassy area on the House side between the Capitol and the Library of Congress). 

Featuring House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and other Members of Congress from House and Senate (TBD).

This is a rain or shine, more the merrier event so please forward this invitation far and wide to your colleagues, friends, and family. Our goal is to have at least 300 advocates in attendance!

To help us ensure we’re reaching our goal, please RSVP here.

NDD United will produce a limited amount of signs for ralliers, but feel free to bring your own. Can’t join us in person? Rally with us online via Twitter by following @NDDUnited and #RaiseTheCaps! Sample tweets are available in the toolkits linked above.

With the future of budget negotiations hanging in the balance, it’s critically important that our community send a message to Washington that sequestration is unacceptable. Together, let’s tell them to work and Raise the Caps!

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