October 14, 2011
Dear Chairman Harkin:
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 90 education associations and institutions from preschool to postgraduate education, is writing to seek your assistance in restoring a $329 million cut to key education programs in the 2011-12 school year.
The current Fiscal Year 2012 Continuing Resolution (P.L. 112-36), which expires on November 18, 2011, contains a 1.503 percent across-the board cut for all programs (unless otherwise exempted). Since most education programs are forward funded, and thus states and school districts won’t receive their FY 12 allocation of funds until July 2012, this 1.5 percent cut appeared to have little impact on education programs at this time.
However, Section 115 of the CR states, “During the period covered by this Act, discretionary amounts appropriated for fiscal year 2012 that were provided in advance by appropriations Acts shall be available in the amounts provided in such Acts, reduced by the percentage in section 101(b).”
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