ASHA brings up an important recent memo to state education
chiefs/superintendents, with the U.S. Department of Education indicating
that it WOULD implement sequestration requirements for school year
2013-14. This memo is the Department’s first
official explanation of how it plans to implement automatic spending
cuts required under the Budget Control Act (BCA) and set to go into
effect on January 3, 2013.
to change the BCA, all federal education programs will be cut next year,
which will also have an indirect impact on all school-based personnel
(e.g., fewer professional development opportunities). Funding for the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be cut by
approximately $972.5 million for school year 2013–14, which translates
into a $243 million cut to related services, including speech and
For questions about sequestration or cuts to
IDEA, contact Neil Snyder, ASHA’s director of federal advocacy, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5614.