Emma Peplow

With Congress and President Obama deadlocking on alternative methods to cut down the national deficit, the sequester, or mandatory budget cuts to government spending in Washington go into effect in the coming 7 months, and the already struggling California public education system is in further jeopardy.  Based on a White House fact sheet, public schools that run kindergarten through 12th grade will lose a projected $87.6 million, putting 1,210 teachers and aides in danger of losing their jobs.  According to the sheet, 187,000 fewer students would be accommodated and 320 schools will lose their funding.  Overall, California will lose an estimated $88 million in primary and secondary school educational funding.  Schools in low-income areas will be hit the hardest along with children with disabilities in special needs educational programs. Approximately $62.9 million dollars specifically set aside for disabled children will be cut from the budget.  

On the topic of public universities in California, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is among one of the federally funded agencies suffering major cutbacks, will allow financial aid to 9,600 fewer students each year. At least 5% of the federal aid will be cut from the University of California system research as well as financial aid programs.  
Since the budget cuts are immediate, California residents can expect to see these changes in the education system this upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  
“We have no definitive direction from the Feds yet,” NMUSD Deputy Supt. Paul Reed said in an email interview with the Daily Pilot. According to the Daily Pilot, Reed stated uncertainty about how much the federal government would decrease NMUSD’s funding, claiming it to be by 5.8% to 8.2%.  Reed also said in the article that since the NMUSD was one of the better off districts, earning $230 million in federal aid, the biggest impact that would be seen would be with special needs and disadvantaged children. Since the district includes areas dense with English Learners, Reed expressed major concern over these cuts.  

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