The sequestration deadline is only days away. Each state now knows, what kind of cuts will happen if it goes into effect.
Here's the break down in terms of education cuts in Virginia.
Virginia will lose about $14 million in funding for primary and secondary education. The jobs of about 200 teachers and teacher aides would be put at risk. 14,000 fewer students and 40 fewer schools would get federal money. Virginia would also lose about $14 million in funding for teachers and staff that work with children with disabilities. This on top of already known cuts to education.
"We've already factored in the 8.2 percent reduction," said WPS Superintendent Dr. Rick Leonard. "It's about $135,000 for us. Most of the federal dollars are in the form of grants. And they really serve three types of students. They serve students in poverty, students with disabilities and students who's first language is not English. We have a pretty good mix of all three of those. So obviously it's going to have an affect on our programming."
Another cut, about a thousand children could be kicked out of Head Start programs in Virginia. Leonard says funding keeps getting cut from Winchester's Head Start program. Before 2009, 90 students were served in the preschool program. Today, it's only 30 students.
The sequestration would also impact higher education. About 2,000 fewer low income students in Virginia would receive financial aid for college. And about 850 fewer students would be able to take advantage of work student jobs. That's when students work during college to help pay for college.
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