Fri Oct 19, 2012, 09:59 PM
Sadiedog (353 posts)
Sequestration and Head Start
I work as a Head Start Teacher/ family advocate and just found out that sequestration is right around the corner. Looks like we are going to end up losing classrooms and I`m trying to find out as much information about this as I can. It is so very sad for the children and their families that will be losing these services. I might end up losing my job too and I`ve worked for the program for 15 years now. I`ve written my Congressman and hope it helps but... I`m curious if any DUers know anything about sequestration? I just heard the term a few days ago and the uncertainty about the future is really bothering me. So if anyone has any suggestions or ideas about this subject I hope you will share. Thank you.
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Sequestration and Head Start (Original post)
Response to Sadiedog (Original post)
Sat Oct 20, 2012, 07:01 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
1. as i understand it, sequestration is what happens if congress can't agree about a budget deal in
january (a 'deficit reduction' plan) -- automatic cuts to every program.
of course, there's no reason this *needs* to happen, nor any reason it needs to happen in january. congress has just decided it *will* happen.
But there is no 'fiscal cliff' looming. It's a tactic to stampede the public.
it's not only head start: everything will get cut, across the board.
talking to other people, organizing yourselves to pressure legislators, use of media, etc.
Response to HiPointDem (Reply #1)
Sat Oct 20, 2012, 12:39 PM
Sadiedog (353 posts)
2. HiPointDem for your reply
I read through your link and will be researching this more. Amazing that more people are unaware of this, some of these cuts will be devastating not only in the program I work in. I`ll see how many people I can get interested in speakimg out about this. Wow!
Response to Sadiedog (Reply #4)
Sun Oct 21, 2012, 06:49 PM
YvonneCa (10,069 posts)
... Thank you for all you do for kids every day. I'm a retired sixth grade teacher and I believe in Head Start. It needs MORE funding, not less. I think President Obama ...given the choice...would fully fund your program.
My understanding of sequestration is that it is a way...after the election...to gain control of our budget with 'across the board' cuts (as a last resort). Like using a sledge hammer instead of a scalpel. Cutting needed programs as well as wasteful ones. (GOP refused the scalpel approach when they didn't get their way this summer.)
I hope, after the election, a wiser solution will be found. If President Obama is re-elected, it could be fixed in the lame duck sesson of Congress before January. That is my hope.
As a teacher...and as you know...changes get made when admins worry about funding. It's awful to go through, as you are. Hang in there.