Sequester cuts gut schools serving neediest students

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Long lines and frustrated passengers helped the Federal Aviation Administration skirt major cuts from the so-called fiscal cliff, but public schools have not been so lucky.

Districts across the country are trying desperately to plug the holes in their budgets left by sequestration โ€“ a package of mandatory spending cuts that kicked in March 1.

While cuts were billed as across-the-board, some high schools are being pinched harder โ€“ and sooner โ€“ than others. Schools near military bases and Indian reservations, and those serving large numbers of low-income students, have been hit hardest.

"We're at bare bones now," says Roy Nelson, a school board member in the Red Lake Independent School District in Minnesota.

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