In a recent memo to state education chiefs/superintendents, the U.S. Department of Education indicated that it would implement sequestration requirements from funds that would become available July 2013 for school year 2013–14, rather from the 2012 advance appropriations. The Department also indicated that there was no reason to believe that a sequestration would affect funding for the 2012-13 school year. This memo is the Department's first official explanation of how it plans to implement automatic spending cuts required under the Budget Control Act (BCA) and set to go into effect on January 3, 2013.
ASHA members are cautioned against being overly optimistic based on this 7-month delay of federal budget cuts. If Congress and the President fail to change the BCA, all federal education programs will be cut next year, which will also have an indirect impact on all school-based personnel (e.g., fewer professional development opportunities). Funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be cut by approximately $972.5 million for school year 2013–14, which translates into a $243 million cut to related services, including speech and hearing services.