March 1st, 2013
03:20 PM ET

How forced spending cuts could impact students

(CNN) - Forced spending cuts that take effect today will slice $2.5 billion from the Department of Education's nearly $70 billion budget, CNN's René Marsh reports. At the college level, about 70,000 students could lose work study and grant money. The biggest cuts wouldn't take effect until the 2013-14 school year, and Pell grants will be spared.

At the preschool, elementary and secondary levels, the Department of Education expects a $725 million cut to Title I grants, which Education Secretary Arne Duncan estimates will impact 1.2 million disadvantaged students, and put 10,000 teacher and support staff jobs at risk. States and districts might have to cover the cost of 7,200 teachers, aides and staffers as $600 million is cut from the special education, too. Some 70,000 Head Start students might no longer be able to attend classes.

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  1. Andy

    It doesn't matter whether your Republican, Democratic or neither (like me), NO ONE! should support such cuts because education is what is keeping the whole society alive and even if spending cuts are nessecary to reduce the government spending, they shouldn't be this dramatic!

    March 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
  2. Francisco Decastro

    I depend on this education money to go to college. This is so wrong. I mean, how can they not accept the presidents plan that he campaigned on? And even if they don't like the president's plan, how is the president's plan worse then having hundreds of thousands lose jobs, and effect students to pay for college, effect teachers salaries, AND affect even doctors and the military? You can hate and not accept the president's plan, but if the only other option was to let these cuts go through, I would choose the less bad. But thats me thinking of ALL americans. Thats something people there in Wanshington do not do. They do not think of ANY Americans. They don't care.

    People will lose jobs, military will lose funding, students wont pay for college, etc... Just so they cannot agree with the President? Who are they protecting? Did not the President win the election? And isn't the president's plan providing ideas where both parties are giving in? It's not like Obama is only asking for Republicans to cave in. Both sides would be giving up something if they went ahead and chose to pass what the President of the United States CAMPAIGNED ON! This is BULL! HOW CAN THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN BE WORSE THEN THIS!! IF THEY HATE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, AT LEAST VOTE FOR THE LEAST BAD!!! DON'T HAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS PEOPLE SUFFER AND LOSE JOBS!

    March 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • gracedseekingunderstanding

      Personally, I am sick of the blame game all around: CNN and NPR unabashedly demonizing Republicans, Fox News lashing out at Democrats. All this recent debacle has proven is the utter incompetence of our elected leaders "across the political aisle," and their fetish for political posturing at the costs of the very people whom both parties claim to "represent." To correct CNN's unchecked pro-Obama bias, Republicans proposed legislation that would curtail spending in ways that targeted waste, more than the jobs so vital to our military readiness and social infrastructures. The reality is that these members of Congress, so tied to ideology (on both sides), will not be affected by the Sequestration – and, as it stands, only Democrats stand to gain politically (which ignores the reality of the extent to which Republicans have proposed alternative spending cuts, not covered by the bias of this author or "news" organization). The lesser of two STILL evil...and Washington is a wonderful case study of this reality...

      March 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • Jenny

      Well the same could be said for you can hate the Republicans plan, but it can't be worse then letting these cuts go through now can't you. Please don't try and make this a one sides fault issue. Both sides are at fault Obama just as much as the Republicans. Either side could have stopped this So you precious president is all holy and innocent in this Sequester.

      March 3, 2013 at 6:45 am |
  3. Sue Jorgensen

    Please CNN some of us like to read and figure things out in Depth, That is why I READ the paper instead of just listening to people talk.
    Can you please layout the numbers better....
    No numbers given for the College level reductions however I did look up Federal Work Study programs they are for Graduate and Undergraduates and are Federally provided jobs ( think Americore) social service jobs. Ok, so it sounds tough but they just might have to go get a job somewhere else not insurmountable. Having to work hard for your goals creates character.
    Elementary , Secondary and Pre- school numbers, are each of the number sets counting the same money? iI felt like it reading the story.
    If not can you have the Author, research and separate the money out into actual categories that add up.
    70,000 Head start students in a class room of 15 = 93 teachers/ staff positions statewide, if it was equally divided among the states

    Noticed to that the figures initially given 725,000,000 million in cuts and will effect 1.2 million kids,
    How much do spend on each disadvantaged kid? Is that $725 outlay for each kid? That needs to be made up?

    Just some thoughts, lets actually know what we are saying not just lay big numbers out their because they sound scary.

    March 2, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Francisco Decastro

      if 1 dollar is cut for students education to me that is bad enough. I dont need to see numbers. Knowing they cut funding, even if it was 50 cents, speaks more than numbers. Because even if 25 cents is removed for me to go to college, I can see that someone is not thinking about all Americans. Student's are the future of this country, even if 15 cents was removed from my Education. I hope you understand that you do not care about studends even if you remove 1 cent from their future.

      March 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  4. TewksburyBob

    The country is broke to the tune of $16.5 trillion in debt. It can not continue to give away money it does not have. People need to depend on themselves and family. The gov't is going to be shrinking. It should provide basic services, social security, medicare, military, & the like. When it pays off the debt and balances the budget it can start providing social services again.

    March 2, 2013 at 3:57 am |
  5. Ellen Trumpler

    There are repercussions to these cuts which extend far beyond the intended targets of these new sequesteration cuts. This will all come to a head on March 27th, when we face the very real possibility of a "government shutdown".

    Our country needs to ask the basic question, "why are we trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the middle class?". ??

    March 2, 2013 at 1:49 am |
  6. polnick

    Low skilled and low intelligent workers are preferred by 94% of US companies, higher skilled and smarter employees demand unreasonable wages for the simple tasks required in the work place. Most college grads cannot find jobs that will help pay off their student loans; they have no choice but to act dumb in order to get hired at 7 bucks an hour and stiff their creditors.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
  7. Curtis Snow

    Another Great move America.....

    March 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  8. Tim

    I think it's great that the 70,000 Head Start students who might no longer be able to attend classes are finally being punished for the damage they did to our economy.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
    • Tom

      Not the responsibility of taxpayers to subsidize people who had kids knowing they can't afford them. That's the problem, people behave irresponsibly and know someone else will be forced to foot the bill.

      March 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Ryan

        Then tell the right-wingers to quit infringing on a woman's reproductive rights and their access to contraception...The GOP are such hypocrites when it comes to social service programs and welfare, they preach their Pro-Life mantra, then don't want to fund programs to help sustain that life, whether it's an infant or a senior......

        March 3, 2013 at 4:14 am |
      • michele

        Very well put, Ryan! I am thrilled about Obama's free birth control. Study done over 4 years in Missouri on 9,000 women given free birth control substantially lowered unplanned pregnancies and abortions! Kudos to obama for finding 'solutions'. If for no other reason, this is one that is well worth his election!

        March 3, 2013 at 11:02 am |
      • KMS

        @ Michele, but then again if young unwed women would keep their legs closed until they get married , and then have children; we would not have to worry about unplanned pregnancies and abortions now would we!

        March 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm |