Programs serving thousands of Palm Beach County’s neediest public school students could lose millions of dollars next school year if Friday’s automatic federal budget cuts take effect.
While officials said Tuesday they plan to minimize the effect on poor and special needs children from the loss of nearly $7 million in federal grant money, it will require taking money earmarked for a long list of other school needs — such as added police.
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Schools projected cuts
What the Palm Beach County School District estimates it will lose if the automatic federal budget cuts go through on Friday:
— $4 million in grants to pay for supplemental educational programs, teachers, reading coaches and tutoring at the district’s 136 “Title I” schools that have a high percentage of low income students. The district received about $49 million this year.
— $2 million for services such as classroom aides for 28,000 special needs students. This year, the district received about $36 million.
— $500,000 for professional development and training in core subjects, and educational strategies for the district’s 12,000 teachers. The district received about $7 million this year.
— $250,000 for instructional materials for the district’s 25,000 non-English speaking students. This year, the district received about $3 million.
Source: Palm Beach County School District.