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Letter to Congress Showing the Education Funding Shortfall State-by-state when ARRA Funds Disappear

November 04, 2009

Dear Senator/Representative:


The National Education Association (NEA) would like to share with you the enclosed chart showing state-by-state data on the predicted education funding shortfall following the loss of funding provided through FY 2011 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The ARRA provided historic increases for education to help offset state funding cuts precipitated by the economic crisis. The goal of ARRA was to restore state support for education to the greater of the FY 2008 or FY 2009 level.  Funding provided under the ARRA has now been credited with saving some 325,000 education-related jobs.  However, this funding is scheduled to terminate by the end of FY 2011, leaving states facing a dramatic funding shortfall, as indicated on the attached chart.

Keeping our nation on the path to economic recovery and avoiding the devastating consequences the ARRA was designed to mitigate will require preventing the ARRA funding from disappearing in a precipitous drop.  Economic forecasts predict continued budget crises at the state level in the near future.   We must avoid the approaching ARRA “funding cliff” and, instead, ensure that federal funds continue at some level in order to provide state budgets time to recover and rebuild their education funding base. 

If you have any questions about the attached information, please contact Marc Egan at Megan@nea.org or Tom Zembar at tzembar@nea.org

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.  We look forward to working with Congress to ensure the funding necessary to provide great public schools for every student. 

Sincerely,

Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy