Sequester Budget Cuts Could Cost GCPS $3.4 Million, School Superintendent Says

The White House has released a state-by-state breakdown of what the budget cuts could mean. In Gwinnett County, school district officials say its 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. (Read the full statement below.)

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.

J. Alvin Wilbanks' Statement on Sequestration:

"Sequestration would have an impact on Gwinnett County Public Schools as we
anticipate it would result in an approximate $3.4 million loss to the

The two largest cuts would be seen in our Title I grant - approximately $1.7 million and our IDEA Section 611 special education grant -- approximately $1.3 million. The district does not anticipate an immediate issue with services as a result of the loss of Title I funds as we will be able to reserve funds from this year to carry into next year.

The funds from the IDEA Section 611 grant are primarily used to pay salaries for our special education paraprofessionals. If these federal dollars are lost, the district would look to fund these positions out of our local budget. The use of local funds to offset or cover costs of programs affected by sequestration provides additional challenges to school district budgets that already are stretched thin."

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Good Grief Y'all February 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Excuse me while I decide to go with what the experts and scholars say. "That vote: 97-0 against. Democrats didn’t support the plan because it has been supplanted by another deficit-reduction plan Obama had later outlined. Republican leaders demanded a vote on Obama’s budget to show that Democrats don’t support any detailed budget blueprint, according to The Hill. Such votes are taken 'just as a means of embarrassing the president and his party,'said Patrick Louis Knudsen, a senior fellow with the conservative Heritage Foundation. (NOTE: conservative Heritage Foundation) 'Usually it’s brought up by the opposition party because they generally anticipate that a president’s budget won’t get very much support especially if it has controversial elements to it,' he said. Other experts agree. Said Steve Ellis, of Taxpayers for Common Sense: 'That was pure political theater and was done to score rhetorical points.' And Norman Ornstein, a scholar with the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said, 'it doesn’t mean a damn thing. It’s only a symbolic gesture.' (NOTE: a scholar with the conservative American Enterprise Institute) http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/apr/06/mitt-romney/romney-says-obama-failed-pass-budget/
Good Grief Y'all February 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Yes, they ARE! :D
Good Grief Y'all February 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Smh again at the "Pending Approval" gremlins. Posted last night: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "We'll criticize everything he does," Graham acknowledged. "We'll say, 'Mr. President, it is now up to you to find this $85 billion in savings and we'll say it’s to make it easier for you.' But every decision he’ll make, we'll criticize." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/lindsey-graham-sequester_n_2762133.html
Good Grief Y'all February 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM
From the Politifact article cited above: " . . . the job of passing a budget resolution is not the president’s. That responsibility falls to Congress, and even then the president doesn’t sign it. As Ellis, our expert, put it: 'The president has no role in passing a budget. The president can cajole Congress about passing a budget and advocate for positions and funding levels, but in the end, Congress approves the budget resolution for their own purposes.' That’s the difference between this and other claims we’ve rated which blamed Congress for inaction on the budget."
"B" February 27, 2013 at 08:31 PM
We need to be reminded: "The President proposes the sequester himself and now that the date has come for it to be implemented, he is less to be blamed? Does anyone research anything, or take time to understand the issues and how they get here? The American electorate's intelligence has never been lower. Or, everyone agrees that spending should be cut, but nobody wants to see their program on the list. We need adults and people willing to sacrifice."


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