Friday, February 4, 2011

Tell Congress: Education Cuts are Bad for Students, Communities, and our Nation

This week, the House Appropriations Committee announced the funding allocations for its subcommittees. Subcommittees will use these allocations to draft funding bills for the rest of this fiscal year (FY 2011). The Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee – which has jurisdiction over education programs, health programs, and many programs serving vulnerable children and families – will receive $6.5 billion less than last year. As bad as that cut would be, the actual loss could as much as double, since the allocation level does not address a deep shortfall in Pell Grant funding. These cuts will be devastating to education programs like Title I, IDEA, and Pell Grants; will leave millions of students without the services and resources they need to succeed; and will place additional financial burdens on states and local school districts.

The House will vote on these cuts, and possibly even deeper cuts, the week of February 14. Members of Congress need to hear from you now about how devastating these cuts would be to the students in your school and for millions of students across the country. You are the experts and you know what your students need to succeed. Make sure your voice is heard.

Remind Congress that Investing in education is an investment in our nation’s future. Tell them that students get only one shot at an education and it is not their fault they are in school during a devastating economic crisis.

Take Action TODAY: Tell Congress to reject education funding cuts and to invest in education for our nation’s future.