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Board of Education Passes Resolution Urging Action To Avoid Sequestration

Board Urges Amending the Budget Control Act of 2011

At its November 13, 2012 meeting, the Sacramento County Board of Education passed a resolution urging Congress to amend the Budget Control Act of 2011 to avoid a loss in federal funding and head off additional cuts to public education.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 includes a provision that would impose a $1.2 trillion across-the-board budget cut, known as "sequestration," to nearly every federal program—including education—as of January 2, 2013.

Sequestration would impact public education by cutting funds 8.2 percent or more and could result in larger class sizes, fewer course offerings, cutbacks in student activities, teacher and staff layoffs, and the loss of instructional time.

Resolution No. 12-15 notes that the Sacramento County Office of Education, as well as other local education agencies in Sacramento County, would be seriously impacted by potential cuts unless Congress intervenes.