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As the fiscal cliff looms, most Americans believe that special education programs should be spared from federal budget cuts, a new poll suggests.

In a survey asking over 1,000 adults from across the country about their views on education funding, some 57 percent said it’s “very important” that Congress protect money for programs serving students with disabilities.

That’s a higher level of support than was expressed for any other education program including prekindergarten, college financial aid and programs helping school districts with large numbers of students living in poverty.

The poll was conducted online earlier this month on behalf of the Committee for Education Funding and the Foundation for Education Investment. It comes as education programs across the country face the threat of severe cuts in federal funding.

Under a process known as sequestration, most government programs are expected to be slashed by at least 8.2 percent come January unless Congress acts. For special education, the White House estimates that more than $1 billion could be lost under the plan which was triggered after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal last year.

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  1. Glen S says:

    The trouble is that the general public is not “in charge” of the schools. A local, state, and federal government controlled bureaucracy is along with teachers’ unions/association. Together these two factions keep education is the constant condition of disrepair which children have experienced for decades.

    By now, it should be clear that simply more money is not the option. Our spending on education is dramatically increased of that of our fathers and mothers. We need to be using money more wisely. We need to be following the practices which actually work, and quickly identify and discard those practices which don’t work. We need to reward quality teachers. Performance in the classroom as measured by a child being able to read or do math does matter. We need to remove teachers who aren’t performing.

    We need to reevaluate our priorities in exceptional child education. All k-12 programs whether they be for exceptional children or for the masses should place age level appropriate emphasis on the transition out of k-12 into the workforce or college.

    We need to speed money more wisely not just spend more money. We just not have it as a nation.

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