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What 'Sequestration' Might Mean For Oregon Schools

OPB | Feb. 28, 2013 8:36 p.m. | Updated: March 1, 2013 7:16 a.m. | Portland

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Federal across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration” are set to slice more than $23 million from Oregon schools and pre-schools.

Rob Manning / OPB

More than $10 million would be cut from the federal assistance aimed at students from poverty.

State officials say it’s the equivalent of a 6.6 percent cut or 140 jobs. But how the cuts would affect classrooms would depend on Oregon’s nearly 200 local school boards.

Sequestration eliminates $6.4 million from Oregon’s special education programs. Again, school boards would decide how to carry out those 4.7 percent cuts. State officials say that because special ed is mandated by law, board members might have to shift over other funds to keep services going.

Four million dollars would come out of other school programs, including support services at the state education department.

Pre-school would be affected, too. Head Start and Early Head Start stand to lose $3.5 million.

Unlike the cuts for public schools, Oregon officials say the pre-school program cuts would be carried out at the federal level.
 

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