Vallay Varro was a founding state executive director. She now serves as the president of 50CAN.

With the possibility of a government shutdown looming on July 1, our children’s futures hanging in the balance. A possible shutdown would mean a tremendous hit to all schools, one that we can’t afford. Here are just a few things that you can expect if a government shutdown occurs on July 1:

Payments for Early Childhood Special and Infants and Toddlers Early Intervention will be delayed until after a shutdown is resolved
No state or federal aid will be paid to school districts, charter schools, libraries, and nonprofits for the next ? – unless these payments are determined by the courts to be critical.

In addition to threatening basic services to our public schools, the impending shutdown is also sidelining the conversation around critical issues like pre-K reform and teacher effectiveness.

We need to turn up the pressure on lawmakers so that they make a deal that includes these reforms, and make it fast.


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