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U.S. 'Sequester' Budget Cuts Would Cost GCPS $3.4 Million, Superintendent Says

In Gwinnett County, school district officials say it means losing critical dollars for Title I programs.

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials have released a statement regarding the impending across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration.

In the statement, GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said the cuts would cost the state's largest school district approximately $3.4 million, Title I monies, and allocations for special education.

Earlier this month, board members Carole Boyce and Mary Kay Murphy traveled to Washington, D.C., to fight the budget cuts. And, now the White House has released a breakdown showing that teacher jobs and funding to education children with disabilities will be hampered.

The cuts are slated to take effect Friday, March 1.

In Georgia, according to the White House, that would mean the state loses approximately $28.6 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 390 teacher and aide jobs at risk.

In addition about 54,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 80 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Georgia will lose approximately $17.5 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

Read more, including the full GCPS statement, on Gwinnett Patch.

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