Sequestration would mean cuts for disabled students - CBS46 News

Federal sequestration would mean cuts for disabled, disadvantaged students

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Natosha-Huggins Cupid is tired of seeing money for education get cut whenever there's a budget crisis.

"Every time there is a need for a budget cut, education is the target first," Huggins-Cupid said. "We need to build our kids from the ground up. We need to set that foundation, not constantly chop at it."

Huggins-Cupid has two children enrolled at Ivy Preparatory Academy in Kirkwood.

If an automatic package of budget cuts goes into effect in the nation's Capitol, Georgia would be left with a $241 million shortfall in federal money.

Nearly $47 million would hit in education funding.

That means nearly 400 teachers and aides could lose their jobs, funding for disabled students could drop by nearly $19 million and the Title I program, which benefits economically disadvantaged students, would lose $29 million.

Kendra Shipmon is the principal for Ivy Prep's girl's division, said Title I funding covers about 30 percent of her students.

"Our budget will shrink," Shipmon said. "Anytime there are budget cuts, obviously there's an impact."

When asked if Ivy Prep would be forced to increase class sizes of layoff or furlough teachers, Shipmon responded, "At this point, we don't know. That depends on the size of the cuts."

CBS Atlanta asked State Rep. Terry England, who chairs the Georgia House Appropriations Committee, how lawmakers would offset the shortfall.

England answered, "Right now, we're waiting to see if sequestration goes through. If it does, we will address it."

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