Association of American Educators Reacts to Federal Sequestration
Alexandria, VA– Following inaction by the federal government, sequestration, or automatic cuts to the federal budget are eminent. While the jury is still out on their potential impact, education advocates have been considering the possibilities of limited federal resources.
In light of the news, AAE Executive Director Gary Beckner issued the following statement:
"The Association of American Educators (AAE) is disappointed in the federal government's failure to avert the sequestration that will begin to take effect. Teachers across the country must live within their family budgets; the government should be no exception.
There is no doubt that these cuts will harm our public education system, for public charter schools and traditional public schools alike. As a member-driven organization of teachers, we must recognize that cuts to vulnerable districts and emerging programs could have a negative impact in the months ahead. We cannot play politics with teachers and students who expect our support.
Moving forward, while hysteria centered on cuts is to be expected, we must also put sequestration into perspective. As the Center for Education Reform has highlighted, states have already received most of their federal education funds for the year, making severe cuts in personnel and programs literally a choice, not a necessity. We must work together to find a balance between federal fiscal sanity and commonsense education reform.
On behalf of the non-union teacher movement, I call on Congress and the Obama administration to put politics aside and work quickly to mitigate the damage the sequester will have on all education stakeholders."
The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educator's organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. AAE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform efforts including school/teacher choice, accountability and technology. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is $15 per month which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources as well as a host of other benefits. Visit aaeteachers.org for further information.