Budget Cuts Impact Educational Services for Students with Disabilities

Last year, sequestration cut over $2 billion from general education and over $600 million from special education budgets.  Without Congressional action, there will be additional cuts next year.  The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and National Coalition of Personnel Shortages in Special Education & Related Services surveyed 1000 special education teachers and administrators representing every state asking them about the impact budget cuts have had on their ability to provide educational services to students with disabilities.  Over 90% of respondents said their school district had been adversely impacted by budget cuts over the last year. Eighty-two percent of respondents said that the cuts resulted in too few personnel to meet the needs of students with disabilities in their districts.  Seventy-eight percent said the cuts have resulted in higher caseloads and 61% in increased class sizes.  One-third reported layoffs of support personnel and teachers.  Check out CEC’s infographic.