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Butler Special Needs Programs Could See Cuts From Sequestration

Federal cuts to education, healthcare, environmental organizations could be imposed if Congress does not stop $85 billion in reductions by Friday.

The Butler Public Schools district could be impacted by federal sequestration cuts should they be imposed beginning on Friday.

Congress has a Friday deadline if members wish to act to stop the $85 billion in cuts, $12 million of which could directly affect primary and secondary education funding in New Jersey according to figures released by the White House. 

In Butler, this could mean cuts specifically to programs supported through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), according to Superintendent Mario Cardinale, although it was not clear how much funding could be lost. NCLB grant funding supports the district's professional development training for teachers in special education and remedial programs, including for mathematics, he said.

"For IDEA, it could mean, [a reduction] in terms of our ability to have the federal dollars for the IDEA grant that help us pay tuition, for example, for our out of district kids with highly detailed and highly involved needs," Cardinale said.

School district officials throughout the state and country are meeting this week prior to Friday's deadline to discuss the significance of the sequestration cuts. In Bloomingdale, Business Administrator George Hagl  to the same programs that Cardinale noted should the cuts move forward.

The cuts would begin to take effect immediately on March 1 and not only impact education but also healthcare, environmental organizations and the military. Sequestration cuts on the federal level are anticipated to total $1.2 trillion over nine years.

Bob Davis February 28, 2013 at 02:36 PM
And if a massive earthquake hit Butler, the entire school district could fall into a sink hole and cease to exist next year. I heard this from the White House so it must be true right?
Paul Dangelmajer February 28, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Sensationalism comes to The Patch. Desperate and intentional measures taken by the writer to increase readers by creating anxiety in her fellow man. More readers equal more advertising revenue all at the expense of an individual's peace. How noble. We'll know soon if there is truth in this article. Wouldn't the accountability of a follow up article be refreshing if and when nothing happens?
Ariana Cohn-Sheehan February 28, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Paul, we certainly will be following up even if nothing happens. Not sensationalizing, just bringing you what your local officials have to say could be the impact if it happens.

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