Federal funding cuts affect Maine programs

On Oct. 5, 2011, the President signed a second FY 2012 Continuing Appropriations Resolution to provide funding for the federal government through Nov. 18, 2011.  Included in this resolution was a 1.5  percent rescission to funds appropriated for several educational programs, including programs funded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

This rescission is being applied to the federal level of funding.  This means that the impact of this decrease on individual states’ and districts’ allocations will differ.  The impact on individual programs will differ as well. Program managers from the Maine Department of Education will contact districts to provide specific information outlining how individual program decreases will be addressed.

Another vote to extend federal funding beyond the current resolution is expected on Nov. 18.