Teachers, schools on 'sequester' chopping block

By Anna Yee

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- If the sequester does go through in two days, massive cuts in education will take place this year, affecting many schools in Illinois.

State schools are expected to lose more than $33 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting about 460 jobs at risk, across nearly 120 schools.

Also on the line are the jobs of about 300 teachers, aides, staff for children with disabilities.

Dr. Gerald Brookhart, Peoria County Regional Superintendent of Schools, says many local schools rely heavily on federal funding, and these cuts wouldn't make any special exceptions.

"It's just as the old cliché," said Dr. Brookhart. "It's a meat cleaver just cutting the budget regardless of who and how it affects the operations of the nation, and that's just not a way to run the country."

The spending cuts would also slash aid and work-study jobs for low income college students.

If sequestration were to take effect, all these changes would start to phase in after March first.

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