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Sacramento-area Schools Brace for Sequester Cuts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Click the LISTEN button above to hear Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak talk with Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools Dave Gordon about what the $7 million in sequestration cuts could mean for schools under his jurisdiction.

Steve Ladd is Superintendent of Elk Grove Unified, the largest school district in the Sacramento region and the fifth largest in the state.  He says Elk Grove would lose $1.4 million in federal money next year and $2.2 million the following year.

"We'll have to make adjustments, realize where we're going to have to reduce services to students; adjust programs, make the necessary changes to have to live inside the means that we're being forced to live inside, should sequestration take place," Ladd says.

The California Department of Education says statewide, schools could lose about $260 million.  The largest cuts would be to special education programs, and Title I, which is designed to help disadvantaged students.  English learner programs and charter schools would also be affected.

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