Fiscal Cliff: How Would Federal Spending Cuts Affect Your District? – Politics K-12 – Education Week

4 Dec

If lawmakers don’t act to head off a series of automatic spending cuts, states and districts around the country will feel a squeeze—but some may be more heavily impacted than others, according to an analysis released today by the American Association of School Administrators.

AASA, which represents superintendents and other administrators, took a look at how every state and virtually every school district around the country would be impacted by automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, which are set to hit on Jan. 2. Unless lawmakers and the administration can reach a long-term deal on deficit reduction, many federal programs, including most in the U.S. Department of Education would face a cut of roughly 8 percent. Most districts wouldn’t begin to feel the pinch until the new school year starts in the fall. More here.

Federal spending makes up a relatively small share of the budget in most school districts. In fact, the feds pick up the tab for about 10 percent of K-12 spending across the country. During the 2010-11 school year, which was used for the analysis, federal money accounted for 12.3 percent of schools’ revenues nationwide, according to the report. More on that below.

But for some districts, the percentage of federal funding was much higher. More…

via Fiscal Cliff: How Would Federal Spending Cuts Affect Your District? – Politics K-12 – Education Week.

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