Nearly $2 billion in federal funding is being trimmed from public schools across the country - part of the budget sequester that went into effect a month ago. It's schools in military communities, however, that are especially hard hit.
Tiffany Cook's father, Col. Brian Cook, is on his way to Afghanistan. It is his fifth overseas deployment with the Army since 2004.
The hardest part about seeing him leave, Cook says, it "that he might not come home."
Cook is a sophomore at Silver Valley High School in Yermo, Calif., near Fort Irwin National Training Center.
She's worried that her school counselor will lose her job due to budget cuts. Cook will visit her once a week while her dad is deployed.