FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2012
Contact: David Quolke, 216-513-3747
David James, 330-990-5808
OHIO 8 SCHOOL DISTRICTS PASS BOARD RESOLUTIONS TO DEMAND ACTION FROM CONGRESS TO AVOID “fiscal cliff” CUTS TO EDUCATION
All Ohio schools will loose millions in federal funds hurting programs including those for most vulnerable children
COLUMBUS, OH – Through resolutions from each of their local school Boards, The Ohio 8 school districts of Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, have called upon Congress to take immediate action to protect federal education funding at risk due to ‘sequestration’ that would impose $1.2 trillion in across the board cuts to federal programs, including $4 billion in education alone.
Congress, through the Budget Control Act of 2011, set in motion a fiscal deadline of December 31, 2012, unless further action is taken, to impose cuts to federal programs. Cuts will impact school districts across the country and in Ohio during the current and upcoming 2013-2014 school year.
“Without action kids will pay the price.” said David Quolke, Co-Chair of The Ohio 8 and President of Cleveland Teachers Union. “Quite simply this means everyday things like fewer textbooks and computers, larger class sizes, fewer dollars to help students that struggle with reading or services to those with disabilities, and fewer opportunities for gifted students”.
It is estimated that federal funds to the State of Ohio will be reduced by more than 7.8% in 2013-2014 or more than $114 million in total funding, having an immediate and direct impact on students.
“We have seen tremendous support from our communities with the passage of local levies that prioritize public education and we need that same commitment from the Federal government,” said David James, The Ohio 8 Co-Chair and Superintendent of Akron Public Schools “They must act now or our local communities will end of bearing the burden of their inaction”.
The Ohio 8 is a strategic alliance composed of the superintendents and teacher union presidents from Ohio’s eight urban school districts – Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown.