|Harkin's Analysis of House Republican Budget Cuts on Education in Iowa – Major Proposed Cuts from Head Start to Pell Grants|
|News Releases - Business & Economy|
|Written by Sen. Tom Harkin|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011 08:38|
February 15, 2011
Later this week, the U.S. House will consider a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011. The current funding proposal (called a “continuing resolution”) expires on March 4, 2011. Analysis released today shows that the budget proposal will have a devastating impact on education in Iowa if enacted. Below, please find some specific details.
Harkin’s full statement on the budget proposals before Congress can be found here: http://harkin.senate.gov/
“From crib to college, Iowa students will be at a disadvantage if the House proposal is enacted,” said Harkin. “There is no question that the time has come for tough budget decisions, but the smart way to bring down the deficit is for Congress to pursue a balanced approach of major spending cuts and necessary revenue increases, while continuing to make investments in education. That is the only way our country will remain competitive in the global economy and create good jobs that provide a sustained economic expansion in the years ahead.”
The House proposal would eliminate comprehensive early childhood services nationwide for 218,000 low-income children and their families next year (a cut of over 20 percent), close over 16,000 Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms, and lay off 55,000 teachers, teacher assistants, and related staff.
Under current funding levels:
For more information, please call Kate Cyrul or Bergen Kenny in Senator Harkin’s press office at (202) 224-3254.
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