URGENT ACTION NEEDED before December 6!
TELL US YOUR STORY
I was at the White House yesterday and am headed back there today on discussions about the current federal budget crisis. As you know, as part of reopening the government after the October shutdown, Congress decided it needed to move ahead to get a budget number for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 14), which began on October 1, 2013. There is a conference committee working now -- headed by Senator Pattty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the respective chairs of the Senate and House Budget Committees -- to come up with an amount that the appropriations (funding/spending) committees can use to fund the rest of the fiscal year. Much of the problem is due to the sequestration across-the-board cuts that took effect in March.
What we still need very badly are ANY stories or data on the impact of the sequestration across-the-board cuts have had on school social workers in your districts and/or states. The White House wants these stories and they don't need to be long or have lots of facts and figures. They are looking for the impact on real kids and families and professionals. So anything, for example, about layoffs of SSWs, retired SSWs who have not been replaced, the effect on ability to deliver services, etc. would be great. Are the IEP teams not putting SSW services on those documents, because there aren't enough personnel to provide the services? or anything about the budget cut effects on kids and families.
WE NEED THESE STORIES NOW!!
If you can get anything to me by the Friday, Dec. 6, that would be fantastic. The budget conference committee is supposed to report on December 13. We're thinking now that it is not very likely they will have reached an agreement by that date, but you never know in DC! The more info we can feed in, the better.
PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR NETWORKS OF School Social Workers...
We need any and all stories regarding the impact of educational funding cuts! Thank you.
Your Legislative Team
Myrna Mandlawitz, Director, Governmental Relations