September 30, 2013
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments on Possible Federal Shutdown
SACRAMENTO—Warning that poor children are among those most likely to be hurt by a federal government shutdown, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today urged the House of Representatives to approve a measure already approved by the Senate to keep the government operating.
"The American people know a partisan stunt when they see one, and that's what a shutdown of the federal government is," Torlakson said. "Sadly, the first people affected will likely be some of the people who can least afford it—young children, students, and low-income families."
Because many federally funded programs have already received this year's appropriation, immediate impacts to California's education system will be limited in the short term. However, some funding, including support for the Child Development Block Grant, which provides child care services for poor families, and Impact Aid Grants, which benefit the children of military families, could both be affected within days.
Also, payments may be delayed for U.S. Department of Agriculture funded school lunch and breakfast programs, although most programs are expected to continue to serve meals to children in the short run.