Federal funding for public education programs has remained at 2 percent of the federal budget for decades, despite the increase in public school enrollment and the rising cost of education resources and services. This disparity between funding levels and actual costs means that the federal government has essentially enacted cuts to classrooms.
The federal government’s deadline to fund the government for the next year is Sept. 30, 2017. If you would like the United States to have a strong economy powered by a well-educated workforce that can compete on the global stage, then stand with four million parents, teachers, students and community leaders as we demand that Congress #STOPCutsToClassrooms and invest more than 2% in public education before the next fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2017.
What Can You Do as a PTA Advocate to STOP Cuts to Classrooms
- Take Action: Sign the petition requesting that more than 2 percent of the federal budget be reserved for public education
- Join the Conversation: Join other education advocates in Funding Fridays on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to raise awareness that 2% of federal funding for public education is inadequate (Social Media Toolkit)
- Spread the Word: Use the #STOPCutsToClassrooms campaign toolkit in your newsletters, on social media and during meetings with elected officials to amplify our message (Campaign Toolkit)
- Learn more from National PTA.