UPDATE: Schools will no longer face sequestration cuts in upcoming school year, although cuts for 2013-2014 still loom.
The House asked that $1 trillion be cut from national debt over the course of a decade, also known as sequestration. One year later, the U.S. Congress’ Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has yet to identify discretionary cuts, and unless a resolution is reached by January 2013 to identify individual programs to be cut or forgo sequestration altogether, federal funding will be reduced across the board to all federal departments.
With such an enormous economic tidal wave approaching this fiscal year, the amount of information available regarding sequestration and its actual impact has been remarkably scarce. Although Capitol Hill has a track record of averting disaster at the eleventh hour, David Griffith, director of public policy at ASCD, feels there is no reason to assume that to be the case this time around.
“This is a reality everyone needs to deal with,” says Griffith. “Given the economic climate we’re in and budget situation, this will add to the pain with cuts of larger proportions. With cuts across the board, this is a lazy person’s way of balancing the budget.”