Sequester spending reductions kicked in officially overnight, setting in motion a process that will soon slash budgets in Pennsylvania that pay for teachers, early childhood education, child care services, and vaccines for children.
According to the White House, the sequestration’s impact on children and families in Pennsylvania in this year alone could result in:
- Loss of approximately $26.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education and approximately $21.4 million in funding for education for children with disabilities puts approximately 620 teacher and aide jobs at risk.
- Around 29,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 90 fewer schools would receive funding.
- Head Start and Early Start services would be eliminated for around 2,300 children
- As many as 1,800 children could lose access to the child care their working parents depend on to hold down a job
- About 3,160 fewer low income college students would receive financial aid and work-study jobs would be cut for 2,290 students
- Approximately 5,280 fewer children will receive vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B
Across the country, reports the National Education Association, the across-the-board cuts of this sequestration will result in nearly $3 billion for education alone, including:
- Services cut or eliminated for millions of students
- Funding for children living in poverty, special education, and Head Start slashed by billions
- Ballooning class sizes
- Elimination of after-school programs
- Decimation of programs for our most vulnerable—homeless students, English language learners, and high-poverty, struggling schools
- Slashing of financial aid for college students
- Loss of tens of thousands of education jobs—at early childhood, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels
See how services to students and educational jobs are impacted in other states using the interactive map from the White House website or this interactive graphic published by The Washington Post which lists the White House’s sequestration estimates state-by-state.