Pittsburgh Public Schools oppose federal sequestration

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The Pittsburgh Public Schools board has approved a resolution opposing federal sequestration.

Under sequestration, automatic federal budget cuts will take place in 2013 unless the U.S. Senate, House and president agree on how to address budget issues.

The resolution states that the district, its students and families are dependent on federal funding of education and sequestration would "result in a catastrophic interruption of programs within the district placing the initiatives for student achievement in grave peril."

Officials estimated the district would lose $3.5 million in 2013-14 -- an 8.2 percent decrease -- in various federal program money, including Title 1, Title 2, IDEA and Head Start, if sequestration takes effect.

Superintendent Linda Lane earlier said it's uncertain whether certain special purpose grants, such as the Teacher Incentive Fund, would be affected, but, if so, the loss would be even greater.

Board member Jean Fink urged residents to contact their Congressional representatives. "This money is so important...It will affect not only our school district but every school district in the United States."

Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955. education - breaking


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