MEDFORD, Ore. — The effects of the sequestration have schools in Southern Oregon bracing for a big hit, and one group that could feel it the most are low-income students.
They’re getting ready now by trying to find out what they can cut while still providing important services, but low-income students, and Title I schools like at Washington Elementary, say a number of things could be affected. The Medford School District is bracing for a 10% reduction in federal funding if the sequestration goes into effect.
They say it will impact Title I programs, which help low-income students, homeless students and English language learners. The Medford School District has seven Title I schools with those programs. District officials say they’re trying to make up for the loss by cutting supplies and technology instead of having to lay off employees.
College prep for low income students could also be hit. The T.R.I.O. Program helps students with college applications and scholarships, but it estimates the organization would see nearly $69 million of cuts, and would mean 69,000 students nationwide would not be able to take part in the program.
Click Here for a link to the complete White House report on the effects of the spending cuts.