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NEA opposes federal budget deal

FY2011 continuing resolution reflects wrong priorities

WASHINGTON - April 13, 2011 -

The National Education Association (NEA) opposes the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 continuing resolution that cuts key education and core programs that serve the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Everyone must make hard choices during these tough economic times, but our kids should not bear the brunt of the burden,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

NEA applauded efforts to protect funding for Pell Grants and Head Start. However, cuts to other critical programs are across-the-board and deep. NEA is troubled by the impact cuts will have on proven programs like Title I and IDEA, which provide essential services to students in poverty and students with disabilities. Cutting such programs and relying increasingly on competitive grants to distribute any increases in education funding will not ensure students get the resources they need to succeed. 

NEA also opposes the use of taxpayer dollars to fund private school vouchers for the District of Columbia—a program that is neither successful for students, nor supported by local government. 

“It is shortsighted to use scarce taxpayer dollars to fund an unsuccessful voucher program, while cutting funds for important education services, Medicaid and other programs that deliver essential services that students need. Congress should go back to the drawing board and find a solution that doesn’t harm America’s students. Students should be a top priority, not an afterthought.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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