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HOW FEDERAL SEQUESTRATION CUTS
Under a current federal proposal, major cuts called "sequestration" are automatically scheduled for March 1. The current plan slashes education services, including cutting Head Start by $406 million, cutting special education by $840 million and laying off up to 40,000 teachers and other school employees nationwide. The White House on Sunday issued a state-by-state analysis on the proposed cuts.
The bottom line: If sequestration occurs, Seattle Public Schools could face a loss of up to $3 million annually, and that would be on top of an estimated $18 million state budget shortfall we are already facing, for a total of $21 million in lost funds.
These $3 million in federal cuts will be devastating as we will not be able to address the specific needs of our most at-risk students.
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