In a little more than five months, sequestration, also referred to as the cancellation of budgetary resources, will take place, altering the landscape of education for the next decade.
Sequestration will occur in January 2013, unless Congress finds $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions, according to the National Education Association (NEA).
The failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to produce a bill identifying budgetary savings of at least $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years has triggered an automatic spending reduction process that includes sequestration to take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, as stipulated in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25), according to NEA documents.
If Congress is unable to make the necessary adjustments and prevent such harsh cuts, education programs, including Head Start, would face an across-the-board cut of $4.8 billion in 2013.
Title I grants would be cut by $1.2 billion, cutting off services to 1.8 million students and, therefore, eliminating more than 16,000 jobs, NEA documents stated.
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