EDUCATION
11/15/2012 01:52 pm ET Updated Jan 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Schools To Vote On Resolution Opposing Sequestration

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board is preparing to vote on a resolution opposing sequestration, which Superintendent Linda Lane said would have a "pretty severe impact" on the district.

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 board is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on the resolution, which 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.

Ms. Lane 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.

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

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