Pew Report Documents Sequestration’s Impact on Special Education

A report from the daily news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that sequestration is having substantial negative financial effects on special education. Under the headline “Sequester Hits Special Education Like a ‘Ton of Bricks,'” Adrienne Lu reported that “a new round of special education cuts were taking hold, prompted by a 5 percent reduction in federal funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).” According to a Michigan educator, Marcie Lipsitt, who was one of Ms. Lu’s sources, “It hit like a ton of bricks. Conditions are eroding and children are not being allowed to become taxpayers. They’re not being given access to independence, being productive, being ready for a global workforce.”

Ms. Lu aggregated data from the National Education Association and IDEAMoneyWatch to show the extent of the impact. She published a table showing state-by-state reductions—ranging from a low of about $1.5 million in ND, VT, and WY to a high of $51 and nearly $62 million in TX and CA, respectively—that total nearly $580 million across the US.

There’s a lot more to this story. Read Ms. Lu’s full report, “Sequester Hits Special Education Like a ‘Ton of Bricks,’” to get the big picture and details. Keep up with lots of important topics from Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline. Check IDEAMoneyWatch‘s page on sequestration.

Flash of the electrons to ‘Pro David Bateman for alerting me to Ms. Lu’s report.

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John Lloyd

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