NEW HAVEN, CT— Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) held a meeting with Third Congressional District school superintendents today, discussing the federal budget and its impact on education, as well as school safety and possible reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
“Superintendents never have an easy job, and both the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook and the budget situation we have faced in Washington have made it harder. Exchanges like the one we had today are extremely valuable for me, both as a representative for our communities and in my role as Senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding federal education programs critical to providing opportunity to our children.
“We spoke about the budget situation and how federal support for education has not kept pace with population growth and inflation. State lawmakers are doing the best they can, but we are not making it easy on them. The deeply harmful, indiscriminate cuts known as sequestration have slashed $23 million from federal education funding for Connecticut.
“We also discussed school safety and possible reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. What happened at Sandy Hook is December remains shocking and unthinkable. I strongly support increasing the availability of mental health resources in our schools and better integrating those services into our schools.”
Excluding Pell Grants, per-capita and inflation adjusted discretionary spending at the Education Department has been cut by about 14.2 percent-- $7.5 billion--since 2002. Since the current Republican Majority took control of the House of Representatives, 44 federal education programs, totaling more than $1.1 billion, have been completely terminated. The deeply harmful, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration have cut $2.48 billion from education programs, including funding for disadvantaged children, students with special needs, Head Start and afterschool programs.