FACT CHECK: Mourdock Supports Reckless Cuts to Hoosier Students

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REALITY: MOURDOCK’S RECKLESS CUTS WOULD RESULT IN $5 BILLION IN CUTS TO INDIANA STUDENTS:

Mourdock’s budget would drastically hurt education and training programs.
Investments in education and training programs would fall from the current amount of $426 per person to $223 per person in 2022.  These devastating cuts would "mean fewer people will have access to the education and skills training they need to fuel economic productivity and compete for good, secure jobs in labor market."  [Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]

Mourdock’s budget would lead to less opportunity for young children to attend school.
In 2014, 200,000 less children may have access to early education, such as pre-school.   Over the next ten years, 2 million children may be affected.  [OMB, 3/21/12]

Mourdock’s budget would cut funding for Head Start in Indiana.
Head Start would be slashed by $6.5 million in FY 2013 and by $22.7 million in FY 2014. That would eliminate 991 enrollment slots for poor children in 2013 and 3,074 in 2014. It would also eliminate 300 jobs in 2013 and 1,050 in 2014. [NEA, 3/26/12]

Mourdock’s budget would eliminate services to students and education jobs.
Mourdock’s budget would cut Title I Education funding for grants to Local Educational Agencies in Indiana by $14.5 million in FY 2013 and by $50.9 million in FY 2014. That would result in 11,839 students with reduced or eliminated services in 2013 and 41,654 in 2014. It would also eliminate 200 jobs in 2013 and 720 in 2014. [NEA, 3/26/12]

Mourdock’s budget would slash funding for special education.
Mourdock would cut special education grants to states through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in Indiana by $14.5 million in FY 2013 and by $51.1 million in FY 2014. That would result in 9,055 students whose costs shift to states and districts in 2013 and 31,859 in 2014. It would also eliminate 210 jobs in 2013 and 720 in 2014. [NEA, 3/26/12]

REALITY: MOURDOCK’S BUDGET WOULD MAKE IT HARDER FOR HOOSIER FAMILIES TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE:

Mourdock’s budget would make it harder for American families to send their kids to college.
"The Department of Education would be cut by more than $115 billion over a decade.  9.6 million students would see their Pell Grants fall by more than $1000 in 2014, and, over the next decade, over one million students would lose support altogether."  [OMB, 3/21/12]

Mourdock’s budget would cut Pell Grants for Hoosier students by $72,300,000.
That would mean a difference in 10,182 recipients, and a difference in average award of $165 per student. [Senate Democrats, 3/2012]

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