Federal Issue Alert - The Impact of Sequestration, Fiscal Year 2013


The Impact of Sequestration, Fiscal Year 2013. The failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to produce a bill identifying budgetary savings of at least $1.2 trillion over ten years (fiscal years 2012-2021) has triggered an automatic spending reduction process that includes sequestration (the cancellation of  budgetary resources) to take effect on January 2, 2013.  As dictated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, automatic, across the board budget cuts will be applied to all discretionary education programs, with the exception of Pell Grants.  According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), nonexempt, nondefense discretionary programs will be reduced by 9.1%.

This will result in the largest-ever cut to education programs Across the country, a 9.1 percent cut to education programs will mean:

  • $4.8 billion dollars cut (from early childhood through higher education for FY 2013)
  • Reduced or eliminated services for more than 7.5 million students; and
  • Nearly 89,000 education jobs lost.

In Kansas, sequestration would devastate state and local budgets, halting delivery of vital education services to our state’s most in-need students.  According to the Kansas State Department of Education Kansas would lose approximately $59 million dollars in federal funds during the 2013-2014 school year.    A partial listing of the amount Kansas education would lose:

Formula Program                                                             Dollars Lost (in millions) *                 

 ESEA Title 1, A                                                                                    -$11.28

Title II                                                                                                  -$2.1

Title III English Acquisition                                                                  -$0.264

Title IV Drug Free                                                                               -$0.055

Title IV 21st Century Community Learning Centers                            -$0.127

Impact Aid                                                                                           -$1.2

Special Education Grants to States (IDEA-B-611)                               -$5.8

Special Ed. Preschool Grants (IDEA-B-169)                                        -$0.035

Grants for Infants and Families (IDEA-C)                                           -$0.033

Head Start (HAS section 639)                                                             -$0.509

Child Nutrition Programs (School Lunch, School Breakfast, other)   -$11.2

After School Snack Program                                                               -$0.061

Special Education, Medicaid, Grants in Aid                                       -$12.8

Vocational Education                                                                          -$0.136

At Risk and Aid Programs                                                                   -$0.136

Other                                                                                                   -$6.3

*all numbers listed are estimates.  Figures from KSDE 2010-2011 appropriations, Federal FY 2012 appropriations and CBPP.


Kansas hired approximately 875 teachers and 600 paraprofessionals with Title I funds and 126 teachers and 236 paraprofessionals with Migrant Education funds who could be in danger of losing their jobs.


Educational investment is vital to long-term economic recovery and health of our state and our nation.  PTA urges Congress to take bipartisan action to prevent the largest and most devastating federal education cuts from disrupting classrooms and hindering academic achievement.   

Please contact the offices of Senator Pat Roberts, Senator Jerry Moran and Congressman Kevin Yoder and let them know as a voter in the state of Kansas you expect them to encourage bipartisan action to prevent this from happening to education in Kansas.