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Issaquah set to lose up to $350,000 with federal sequestration cuts

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

With automatic federal budget cuts slated for the end of the week, the Issaquah School District anticipates losing up to $350,000 in funding if lawmakers cannot reach a compromise.

Sequestration would minimally impact this year’s programming but would have more significant consequences for the 2013-14 school year. The cuts would come in the areas of Title I funding for low-income schools, special-education services, and school lunch services. All told, the Issaquah School District would lose about 5.6 percent of its total federal funding, or about $350,000.

Because local levy dollars are capped at a percentage of state and federal revenue, the sequestration would cost the Issaquah School District the ability to collect an additional $100,000 per school year.

If the federal funding decreases do occur, the district will have to decide where to absorb the costs—either by reducing programs or cutting elsewhere—during the local budgeting process.

The White House released state-by-state breakdowns of the impacts. For Washington, the cutbacks will mean fewer federally supported teachers, about 1,000 fewer children in Head Start programs and furlough days for nearly 30,000 civilian employees of the state's Department of Defense bases.

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