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Friday, November 09, 2012

Fairfax County School Board Passes Resolution Urging Action To Avoid Sequestration

The Fairfax County School Board has passed a resolution urging Congress and the Obama administration to amend the Budget Control Act of 2011 to avoid a loss in federal funding and head off additional cuts to the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) budget.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 includes a provision that would impose a $1.2 trillion across-the-board budget cut, known as sequestration, to nearly every federal program—including education—as of January 2, 2013.

Initial estimates are that a flat rate cut could result in a loss of at least $6 million in federal funds for FCPS in FY 2014. The School Board anticipates that FCPS would be impacted with reductions to the Title I program, IDEA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Act) special education state grants, and Head Start. These potential across-the-board cuts would also hurt the underlying Fairfax County and Virginia economy and tax base and further erode funding available for K-12 education.

“If enacted, these cuts would severely impact our ability to provide necessary services to our most vulnerable students—those from low-income families and those with disabilities,” said Fairfax County School Board Chair Ilryong Moon.

“Public education serves millions of students and provides a solid foundation for American children to become productive, responsible citizens,” added Moon. “Federal funding for K-12 education was reduced by over $835 million in FY 2011, and both state and local funding for education is continually impacted by state budget cuts. Our ability to continue absorbing budget cuts in education will be impossible without cuts to core programs.”

The entire resolution can be read online.

Note: For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.