The Alliance for Excellent Education, Committee for Education Funding,
and the Coalition for a College- and Career-Ready America
Presents a Webinar on
Are Major Cuts to Education Around the Corner?
Phillip Lovell, Vice President of Federal Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education
Joel Packer, Executive Director, Committee for Education Funding
Tom Shelton, PhD, Superintendent, Fayette County Kentucky Public Schools (Lexington, KY)
As school districts across the country continue to grapple with budget shortfalls of their own, many are unaware of and unprepared to deal with federal education funding cuts that are scheduled to take effect on January 2, 2013.
Last year, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Supercommittee, failed to reach an agreement on how to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. As a result, a process called sequestration, across-the-board spending cuts to nearly all government programs will take effect unless the U.S. Congress acts. If sequestration is implemented, it could have a tremendous and detrimental impact on early childhood, K–12 and higher education, with far-reaching consequences at the state and local levels.
The Alliance for Excellent Education, Committee for Education Funding, and Coalition for a College- and Career-Ready America held a webinar on September 14, during which panelists discussed the impact of the federal budget debate on education. The webinar (1) provided an explanation of the overall budget process; (2) explained how sequestration would be implemented and its potential impact on early childhood, K–12 and higher education; and (3) discussed what advocates can do to discourage Congress from making major cuts to education programs. Panelists also addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the country.