• Title 1 education funds: Title 1 education funds would be eliminated for more than 2,700 schools, cutting support for nearly 1.2 million disadvantaged students. This funding reduction would put the jobs of approximately 10,000 teachers and aides at risk.
• Special Education (IDEA): Cuts to special education funding would eliminate federal support for more than 7,200 teachers, aides and other staff who provide essential instruction and support to preschool and school-age students with disabilities.
• Early Childhood Education: About 70,000 young children would be kicked out of Head Start; 10,000 teachers’ jobs would be put at risk; and funding for up to 7,200 special education teachers, aides and staff could be cut.
• Cuts to mental health programs: Up to 373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children could go untreated.
• Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): WIC would be cut by $353 million, resulting in more than 600,000 low-income women, infants and children being dropped from the rolls.
AFT Media Affairs Manager Marcus Mrowka is urging AFT members to become e-Activists:
'Congress must live up to its responsibility to the American people, put a stop to this endless charade of manufactured crises, and start investing in building a brighter future for all who call America home.'
'Submit a letter to your local paper urging Congress to act on these devastating
Tor Cowan, AFT Legislative Director wrote Thursday:
'Congress can still repeal sequestration before these devastating cuts take their toll.'