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February 28, 2013

Sequester would affect schools


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “We’d either have to abandon some of the programs in our grants, or move those costs into the general fund (regular budget, meaning the district would cover the entire cost,)” Andrews said. “We don’t know yet.”

Under the federal Budget Control Act of 2011, budget cuts of approximately $2 trillion over a 10-year period are required. For 2013 that means a 5.9 percent cut in Title I grants, which is $1 billion nationally, as well as special education cuts of $900 million nationally. Also, English Language Acquisition grants would be cut by $60 million nationwide. Universal prekindergarten would not be affected.

Sequestration cuts to these and other education programs will mean decreased access to programs for children with special needs, NYSSBA said.

SEQUESTER EFFECT What local districts might lose • Barker $24,535 • Lockport $167,753 • Newfane $42,509 • Royalton-Hartland $33,392 • Starpoint $41,954 • Wilson $29,225

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

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