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Sequestration could cost Hillsborough district $11-million



What does sequestration look like in a big school district?

In Hillsborough, officials have budgeted conservatively for this year and next, just in case they lose $11-million in federal funding.

That's right, $11-million.

The biggest hits would come in Title I ($4-million) and exceptional student education ($3.5-million). Federal law requires schools to accommodate students with disabilities, regardless of funding. What the district stands to lose is money from the IDEA grant, which pays for enhanced services and covers many of the costs of administering the ESE program.

Tutoring programs under the SES program would take a $423,000 hit. Adult education and career education would lose close to $300,000 combined.

You won't notice the cuts right away. But, as budgeting continues for next year, federal programs director Jeffrey Eakins said it will be hard to avoid making changes that will be felt at the classroom level.

Here's a list of the grants that are in danger of being reduced.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 5:59pm]


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