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Federal sequester hits Ohio schools
Federal budget cuts will take $66 million from Ohio schools, something education officials forgot to tell state lawmakers

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The federal sequester is hitting Ohio schools to the tune of $66 million in lost revenue, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

State education officials announced today that the 5.2 percent cut in federal dollars will be spread across Ohio’s more than 600 school districts in the upcoming school year. Akron City Schools will lose $1 million in federal funding, Cleveland is out $3.3 million, and Canton City will lose nearly half a million due to the sequester. 

The federal cuts come on top of the latest state budget that does little to replace dramatic cuts to school districts made in 2009. Kelly Weir is director of budget and planning at the department of education. She acknowledges her department did not inform state lawmakers of the federal education cuts.

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“I don’t know what they were aware of, or not aware of last week. It’s very much in the news, but to the extent we were asked about individual programs, I don’t know.” 

Education officials say some of the federal cuts will be offset by $19 million in revenue left over from the past fiscal year.
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