From Urban Educator | http://bit.ly/Zq8L4Y
Jan/Feb 2013 :: The Council of the Great City Schools recently released a research brief called the Impact of Sequestration on the Nation’s Urban Public Schools, providing a snapshot of the major effects of the potential across-the-board federal budget cuts, or sequestration, on education programs and services for tens of thousands of urban schoolchildren.
In December, the Council called on national leaders to design a fully balanced budget solution that includes both revenue and entitlement program reforms to prevent the “fiscal cliff ” of pending federal budget cuts and tax increases in 2013.
To avoid what it calls an “academic proficiency cliff ” as the nation works to implement the more rigorous Common Core State Standards, the Council cautions that the investment in educational programs for disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities, as well as teacher professional-development programs, must be strengthened— not cut.
“The economic implications of the educational cliff are as serious as those presented by the fiscal cliff itself, and the nation’s leaders should keep these twin issues in mind with the same sense of urgency,” says Council Executive Director Michael Casserly.
Without a balanced resolution to the fiscal crisis, federal domestic discretionary programs in education and other areas --which constitute only 16 percent of the federal budget -- will be squeezed out, and important investments in the nation’s future, such as better schooling, will be permanently undermined, Casserly stresses.
The research brief – Impact of Sequestration on the Nation’s Urban Public Schools -- is based on a survey of more than 30 big-city school districts and can be accessed on the Council’s web site at http://www.cgcs.org. (follows)