“We don’t have any ability with dumb cuts like this to figure out what the right thing to do is. It just means that a lot more children will not get the kinds of services and opportunities they need,” Duncan said.
On Wednesday, when pressed for more details, Sec. Duncan named a county in West Virginia that was getting dealt a deck of pink slips. Turns out, not only was this part of a sequester deal, it wasn't even true. There was some shuffling of teachers that may be occurring in West Virginia next year, but a far cry from a man with a hand written card board sign draped over his shoulders crying about the apocalyptic image that he was trying to paint.
There are going to be some tough times coming with these sudden cuts, so why does the White House feel it necessary to act like the sky is falling? Well, lets break down the math a bit and find out how this is going to hurt me, or more specifically, since I have very minimal direct reliance on the federal government, how this sequester will harm my local school district, Linn-Mar school district in Iowa.
The Sequester for the remainder of this fiscal year is about $85,000,000,000.00 to the federal budget,
half of this goes to defense, leaving $42,500,000,000.00 for domestic programs.
The Department of Education state allocations is getting hit with about $712,500,000.00, or 1.67% of domestic cuts.
according to the White House, Iowa's education hit will be $6,400,000.00, or 0.89% of the education cuts.
In 2011, Iowa received around $506,900,000.00 from the federal government for education
Iowa's cut from the fed is about 1.3% of federal education funding to the state.
Total enrollment in K-12 for Iowa is over 473,000 students
so the cuts equal about $13.50 per student.
Linn-Mar school district is responsible for a bit over 6600 students, 1.4% of Iowa enrollment.
Linn-Mar school district is responsible for a decrease of roughly $89,000
Linn-Mar's budget for 2012 was $113,266,000.00 dollars
|My School's budget chart shows 3% of funds come from Fed.|
Try again Mr. Duncan, you're lying, your exaggerating, and quite frankly, I think this whole issue is going to show how little we really need a Federal Department of Education.