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Sequestration Could Result in Program Cuts, Job Losses Within County School System

Special education and Title I programs would suffer under the federal budget cuts.

If sequestration goes into effect Friday, Baltimore County Public Schools will be feeling a major pinch through job losses and cuts to program spending over the next two years as the system works to reign in spending.

Various media outlets have reported that federal education funds would be strongly impacted by the $1.2 trillion in automatic federal spending cuts—mandated by the 2011 deficit reduction law—over a 10-year span that will occur absent Congressional intervention.

Barbara Burnopp, chief financial officer for the school system, said BCPS officials anticipate taking an approximate 7 to 10 percent hit to the system's budget for the 2013 fiscal year, which would be around $4.6 million. However, a more precise figure will be provided to the system by the Maryland State Department of Education in about 30 days.

"You won't see immediate impacts in the short term, but we are anticipating long term impacts [over the next two years]," Burnopp said.

In line with nationwide challenges for programs, she said Title I and special education would face the biggest difficulties.

"We would need to make a lot of changes to sustain the programs in the long term," she said.

According to a news release from the National School Boards Action Center, special education and Title I will see $726 million and $579 million in cuts respectively over the 10-year span throughout the country.

Teaching jobs would also be affected, though an exact number of job losses in Baltimore County is not yet known.

"We would have to downsize," she said.

The National School Boards Action Center conducted a poll asking school board members across the county to share how many job losses they would expect for the 2013-2014 school year. The majority reported that up to 10 layoffs would occur, with larger districts anticipating significantly more.

Nationally, the federal Head Start early education program for low-income families would also see an estimated $398 million loss—the third biggest cut—according to the release. Baltimore County does not participate in this effort.

School contruction and improvement—a hotly-discussed topic locally—as well as general "maintenance of effort" initiatives, will not suffer, as they are funded through local and state revenue sources, Burnopp said.

FIFA March 01, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Almost completely unreadable. Fire 60%+ of all government employees. Can you get me any of that stuff you are smoking? Wow!
Steve March 01, 2013 at 08:05 PM
....so basically you are saying we need to go back to the late '40's.
Missy March 01, 2013 at 08:24 PM
I agree! Thank the Good LORD that I'm a Native American!!! The Government has treaties to uphold, however more than that we know how to live off the land and grow hearty crops. We have been pushed on reservations-which worked out well. We have limited pollution and live good simple lives. I feel sorry for the people who will not know what to do...
Freddy March 01, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I guess congress members and the president will feel NO effects from the sequestration. That's a damn shame, I won't even hurt their pride.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT March 01, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Breaking news: Due to devastating job cuts, all SSA offices have been forced to cut all training sessions teaching the Harlem Shake. Workers are devastated by these cuts. Rev. Al Sharpton asked a Republican Congressman - "Why is you allowing dees cuts to our gubmit workers?"
FIFA March 01, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Wow, RMI just a tad bit racist today? Actually pretty sick, but very revealing. Must have come home from too Happy Hour maybe? He'll delete this one before too long, but I've saved it.
Buck Harmon March 01, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Why would you save it?..parallel mentality..
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT March 02, 2013 at 02:46 AM
FIFA - why so testy. Just a joke. Like your many jokes. Have a laugh and move forward. Gotta admit - it was a good "zinger" and you had to think about it to make sure it was not true before you responded!
MJB March 02, 2013 at 03:22 AM
It's funny that the government will suddenly run out of money to pay its workers but anyone not working won't miss their check on the first of the month.
FIFA March 02, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Sorry RMI, I never believed anything but that it was your normal racist rant. I was right it appears, last warning Buck.
moe green March 02, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Cut the budget. Government cannot and should not be all things to all people.
Sam Battle March 02, 2013 at 03:46 PM
The sad part is that all of you that is screaming and yelling at these Jerks in Washington and Annapolis will come next election put these same Jerks in Office and then sit back and ask why we are where we are today and where in the hell we will be in the coming years....so stop crying and VOTE them all OUT ..
Freddy March 02, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Sam that means between now and then people need to find common senses.
amark March 02, 2013 at 05:09 PM
If I cut my budget 2%, I would notice no change in my lifestyle. Yet when it's the govt, the world will come to an end. This sequester BS is getting really tiresome especially when the media won't tell us the truth and keeps spitting out the Obama spin.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT March 02, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Sorry FIFA. I thought that since your crew has no problems with the lyrics of JZ and Two Chains and they are your heroes, a little zinger would get you a chuckle. Instead, the rage. Ok, don't want you to get upset. I won't mention the comments of Rev. Al lamenting the fact that due to the sequester cuts, many family owned weave and wig shops and tat joints are going out of business. Don't wanna be disrespectin and what not.
FIFA March 02, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Hey RMI, a pig is a pig is a pig, you prove it everyday of your life. Go away.
moe green March 02, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I wants, I demands, I be entitled to. Mantra of the Obama, o malley followers. And the hell with paying for it.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT March 03, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Moe - the problem I see is very simple. The white anglo American race is a breed apart. The desire to be free from 200 plus years ago, to make our life ours has taken our country to amazing heights. To have people come from other countries and races to join in that dream made us stronger. Of course we have had problems, and we worked to solve them. Two huge mistakes made in recent years. First, our desire to bring freedom to other countries - the people in those countries do not have in their DNA the desire for freedom, success and failure as we do. A noble idea, but an incorrect idea. The second was the conservatives not pushing to run urban centers. Their belief was simple - folks do not want to live in the slums, they will find their way out of these slums by hard work. Liberals jumped at the opportunity to take control of the cities, and their massive voting blocks and quickly eroded the American Dream in exchange for votes. The urban centers took off in numbers, the Democrats were able to control more and more and work toward the "victimization" of these groups. The American Dream is dead in these cities. Consvervatives still cannot understand this. We look at Dr. Ben Carson - a marvel, don't know his politics, but we do know he is the best in the business at his profession. We don't understand why HE is not the example for these urban centers and folks like 50 Cent and Two Chains are. When the President appears on "Pimp With a Limp" you know problems exist.
FIFA March 03, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Whatever makes you feel manly tonight Buck.
FIFA March 03, 2013 at 01:39 AM
One of the most revealing statements I have ever read in my life RMI as written by you. Simply wow!! "The white anglo American race is a breed apart. The desire to be free from 200 plus years ago, to make our [white] life ours has taken our [white] country to amazing heights". Congratulations RMI.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT March 03, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Interesting FIFA. Although my heritage is probably like most, a blend of many mixes, yes, I do identify myself as an American who is white. American first, but white. Very proud of that heritage. Other folks of other races should be proud of their heritage as well. If you take it as a slight to you, you have to deal with it. There are reasons why we are one of the few countries that need a fence to keep people out - that shows our success as a country. The American experiment has been a great success, what a great country with unlimited opportunity (no guarantees) to do great things and to fail miserably. The opportunity to learn, take chances, and live in freedom is unlike no other. But we must look at our problems from a statistical approach - this is what did makes our country prosper - analytics. We must review the analytics and they are not good for black americans and minorities (other than Asians). An honest disucssion of why are test scores for blacks in comparison to whites are lower, even in the same schools. To NOT have an honest discussion about this is inherently in its own right racist. To lower the bar as has been done by administrations and to say - you as a black child have a lower expectation than your next door neighbor is racist. The knee jerk reactions of throwing money at the problem does not work. Interesting that you focused on my fist comment but not on the other comments that bringing other races to follow the dream made us stronger.
FIFA March 03, 2013 at 02:35 AM
RMI, your first comment floored me. I don't know what else to say about it. Knowing that we spent the first almost 100 years enslaving black people and the next 100 keeping them down as much as possible to help us get to our amazing heights and to paraphrase you "what an amazing white people" we are. Then you talk about test scores. Wow. You have no shame, sir.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT March 03, 2013 at 03:04 AM
FIFA, many white people died in the civil war 150 years ago so blacks could have their freedom. 150 years ago was a long time ago, 50 years ago was a long time ago. In an effort to make right some of these wrongs, an aggressive affirmitive action plan was rightfully established. The hope was that would move blacks in to the middle class, and their kids could experience the opportunities that others had. Unfortunately, the results were not as expected. In a prior life I worked in a large professional services organization, we wanted to hire blacks, for many reasons. We wanted to give them opportunity, but we also did believe a mix would bring energy to our organization and we could all prosper. We accepted black applicants with much lower grades and experiences, and worked hard to put them in a place to do well. They unfortunately had no interest, were underperformers, and left. Most went to government work and told us point blank the government was hiring and they just did not want to work hard. Blaming something that happened 150 years ago or 50 years ago will not help. Remember the words of the great Les Brown (he is black). Talking about people who are losers in life and always looking to blame - "90 percent of the people don't care about your problems. The other 10 percent are glad that it is you." To loathe a race as you do is not healthy. To not be proud of your race or heritage is not healthy. To blame others for your failure is not healthy.
FIFA March 03, 2013 at 03:17 AM
RMI, first, full disclosure. I am a white American. Born to a European mother and American father serving in the military in Germany. Not important to the discussion. When the slaves were freed in the 1860s they were in the lowest economic class. For the next 100 years they were kept in the lowest economic class. Some got out, most did not. White Americans were spread throughout various economic classes during this time. What you are suggesting is that black Americans have had 50 years in which to make up the head start we white Americans had on them. We were spread out through all of the economic classes and they were at the bottom. You now question why haven't they caught up in the 50 years "we" tried to help them. The same reason we still have poor white rural America is the answer. Crawling out of the bottom is for the very few.
FIFA March 03, 2013 at 03:23 AM
PS - RMI, more died trying to prevent that freedom as I recall.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT March 03, 2013 at 04:13 AM
FIFA, you are unfortunately living in the past. Got somethng for you - everybody, everybody has a story to tell. It could be I was poor, pops rolled out on me, pops and moms fought all the time, I was given everything and now I don't know how to do anything. Your envy for those who have more is hurting you. Being mad at someone who went to Gilman while you went to Woodlawn is not going to help you. Life ain't fair and nobody cares. Pops rolled out on you, you were poor, moms and pops drank all the time, no one cares. Control what you can control. If this happened to you, take control of your life so it does not happen to your kids. Pops rolled out on you, don't roll out on your kids. We live in a competitive society, we are tapped out, can't keep funding groups that don't want to get ahead - it is coming, no matter who is in charge. Simple math at this point. You have in your mind people wake up every morning and say, how can I make this group's life miserable. A few do. Most wake up and say how can I grow financially, personally, spiritually. You have a fundamental view of life that folks can never move out of their condition and move forward. One can tell by your miserable posts. I hope you mature and realize that greatness IS in every person, and the only thing holding these people back are the people themselves. Another one by Les Brown "To have what others don't have, you must be willing to do what others don't do." Yes - a black man.
Buck Harmon March 03, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Sequestration Could Result in Program Cuts, Job Losses Within County School System...the topic of this thread..
David Taylor March 03, 2013 at 07:16 AM
You can't cut your way to prosperity - look at Greece. Otherwise I think you hit on some solid points. We have an income gap that destroyed the middle and working class (and the tax base), wars and billions in energy subsidies, and that was combined with tax cuts. Is there any surprised things are the way they are? Re-ivesting in real, people-run small/med business, in education, return to a more traditional scaled tax structure ... and maybe a solid dose of anti-corruption laws targeting lobbyists might turn the tide.
David Taylor March 03, 2013 at 07:21 AM
RMI is a notorious troll... don't feed the trolls ;) What he is, and what he's really about, is plain for all to see here.
amark March 03, 2013 at 05:33 PM
All these local issues should be that- local issues and not affected at all by this. The federal govt should do only what it is constitutionally allowed to do and no more.

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