President Woodard Sends Letter Urging Representatives to Oppose the Ryan Budget

As President of the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), AFL-CIO, I urge you to vote against the Republican FY 2014 budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 25), introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

This budget proposal would cause irreparable harm to our state and local governments, and to our most vulnerable citizens including children, students and the elderly. This plan is more extreme than the proposal that Americans overwhelmingly rejected in 2012.

Chairman Ryan’s plan would more than double the level of devastating cuts required by the sequester. In fact, discretionary funding for the Department of Education could be reduced by $7.7 billion on top of the $2.5 billion in FY 2013 sequester cuts. It would also wipe out Head Start,cutting an additional $900 million on top of the $401 million sequester cut.

Other critical education programs the Ryan proposal would devastate include Title I aid to high-poverty schools; IDEA funds for students with disabilities; Impact Aid; after-school grants; teacher quality grants; magnet school aid; technical and adult education; and aid to minority-serving institutions.

The Ryan plan would turn Medicare into a voucher program, wipe out Medicaid benefits and other essential services that working people and the impoverished depend on. It also lays the groundwork for future cuts to Social Security while demanding lower tax rates for Wall Street and the wealthiest 2% of the population.

Americans want a balanced approach from the government that supports economic growth and job creation. Cutting education, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other essential services for our most vulnerable citizens should not be the answer to solving our nation’s deficit. This is not a path to prosperity, but rather a road to ruin.

Thank you for considering our position.

Sincerely,

Diann Woodard
AFSA National President

Read the letter here.