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Supt. Torlakson: CA Schools Will Lose $262M if Congress Doesn’t Act

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is warning that California schools will lose $262 million in federal aid if Congress doesn’t act to head off the looming automatic cuts set to take effect on Friday. The superintendent is calling on Congress to avoid the automatic cuts – called “sequestration” – by taking action to protect public education. “After years of extensive state and federal budget cuts to education, these cuts will devastate communities across California…. These automatic cuts will cause long-lasting and irreparable harm,” the superintendent cautioned in a written statement released by his office. Supt. Torlakson cited these specific cuts in funding for California schools that will be triggered by “sequestration”:
  • $91 million for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, intended to improve education for disadvantaged students;
  • $72 million in special education funding for programs that serve the needs of students width disabilities;
  • $2.8 million for public charter schools;
  • $6.9 million for Career and Technical Education;
  • $9.6 million in funding for English learners; and
  • $3.7 million in Impact Aid affecting students in federally impacted school districts in California, including children of active duty service members.

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