What sequestration means for your school district

As many of you are probably aware, automatic budget cuts from sequestration took effect last Friday.

Programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education will be cut by about 5.3 percent, according to the Government Accountability Office. The cuts aren’t just for this year, either. They’re aimed at chopping $1.5 trillion out of the federal deficit over the next decade. So, if nothing happens, they’re the new normal. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan explains the impact.

Districts around the state are feeling the impact as well. Here’s a list of sequestration cuts by district in New York state. [PDF compiled by NYSSBA] The districts are compiled by county, without heading, so you may have to scroll a bit to find your district.

Education Week has also put together a list of 12 FAQ’s that help to clarify the impact of the cuts.

Do these all of these cuts to schools make you want to do something? The New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) has put together a great advocacy tool for sequestration. You can enter your zip code and boom, all of your federal representatives are made available for you to email them all at once.

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