NEA: NINE MILLION STUDENTS HARMED; 80,000 JOBS LOST – THE DANGER OF LOOMING “SEQUESTRATION CUTS”

13 Jul

Unless Congress acts, dramatic cuts to education and other critical programs will go into effect on January 2, 2013. Last year’s Budget Control Act requires Congress to find $1.2 trillion in savings toward deficit reduction. If Congress fails to meet this goal, automatic “sequestration” cuts will go into effect in January. Under these across-the-board cuts, education funding will fall off a cliff, dropping to levels not seen since before 2003. America’s elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools have added 5.4 million students since 2003, and costs associated with K-12 services have increased 25 percent since 2003.

The sequester cut would dramatically impact 9.35 million students by eliminating services, cutting financial aid, and increasing class sizes. As many as 80,500 jobs could be lost in early education, K-12 and postsecondary education. Since July 2008, the country has lost 312,700 public education jobs. This means there are roughly as many public school jobs today as in December 2004. Yet, there will be 847,000 more pre k-12 public school students this coming school year than in the fall of 2004.

NEA is calling on Congress to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction –including closing corporate tax loopholes and ensuring the top two percent of all earners — those most able to do so — pay their fair share. Education programs cannot continue to be the source for deficit reduction while millionaires and corporations benefit from tax cuts and loopholes!

Take Action Today:

  • Tell Congress to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction and reject more cuts to education.
  • See state-by-state data and charts on what the sequestration cuts would mean for students, schools, and education jobs where you live.
  • Read a summary of the devastating projected impact of the looming cuts on key education programs.
  • Read composite stories of the types of students who would be hurt by the cuts.

TELL CONGRESS TO FOCUS TAX RELIEF ON THE MIDDLE CLASS

This week, President Obama called on Congress to extend middle class tax cuts for one more year for Americans making less than $250,000. Unless Congress acts, these tax cuts will expire at the end of the year. If the tax cuts expire, a typical middle-class family of four will see its taxes go up by $2,200, and America’s small business owners will take a big hit. The President’s proposal would extend tax relief for 98 percent of Americans, including 97 percent of all small business owners in America.

At the same time, Republican leaders are calling for extending all expiring tax cuts, including those targeted at the wealthiest in our nation. Extending tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires will simply allow those most able to contribute to economic recovery and deficit reduction to avoid paying their fair share, while continuing to place the burden on those least able to make further sacrifices.

The Senate will vote on extending tax cuts for the middle class within the next few weeks.

Take Action Today:

  • E-mail your Senators and urge them to vote for an extension of middle class tax cuts.
  • Take part in the National Call-In Week, July 16-20. Call 888-744-9958 to be connected to your Members of Congress. Tell them to extend the tax cuts for the middle class and to make sure the wealthiest pay their fair share.
  • Learn more about the fight for tax fairness. Visit the Americans for Tax Fairness website.

via NEA – Federal Legislative Updates.

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