Blog: The Educated Reporter

Federal Sequester Causing Confusion, Headaches For States and Schools

Remember the sequester? It’s still causing confusion for educators across the country as they deal with massive cuts in federal funding for core programs and services.

Michel Martin, host of Tell Me More, discussed the issue earlier this week with NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez. Their conversation is a good reminder that while the sequester might be off the front pages, it’s still a huge problem for states, districts, and schools.

For more to help you understand the complex maze that is federal education funding, check out our new Story Starter on this topic. It’s a useful breakdown of how the dollars are allocated, and also provides the latest reports and key coverage. And if you’re an education reporter writing about sequestration, be sure to check out the Five Questions to Ask.