Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore released the following statement today on the heels of the White House's report detailing the impact the sequester will have on the state.
"I hope everyone has their eyes open this week as congress reviews the sequester in an attempt to reduce broad spending across the country. Nationwide, education will be negatively impacted by this plan with a forecast of 40,000 less teachers for the next school year. Our most vulnerable students will be impacted the most as these federal dollars are often used to provide support services to 'at risk' and special needs students.
We need creativity and compromise in congress to realistically review the impact of the sequester upon our future. I am not an economist; however, I am certain that the forecasted financial preservations will slowly, but surely drain the very services that set American education apart from other nations, which will ultimately cost our society more. We have been championing the ever so popular saying 'less is more', but when do we face the reality that 'less is less'.
We have been preparing for these reductions as federal talks have been stirring for the past year; however, if approved we will be forced to reevaluate our current services to all children."