Budget Cuts Will Hit Military School Districts First

FORT HOOD (March 2, 2013)—The automatic budget cuts that went into effect Friday night will affect public schools throughout the U.S., but few will feel the funding pinch faster than those on and around military bases, including the Killeen and Copperas Cove Independent School Districts.

The losses in funding to those districts will be the result of cuts in the federal Impact Aid program, which supplements property tax losses for districts that cover federal land, including military posts and Indian tribal areas.

That means about 1,400 school districts serving roughly 11 million children nationwide including nearly 376,500 students from military families could lose about $60 million this school year.

School districts with military ties from coast-to-coast are bracing for increased class sizes and delayed building repairs while others already have axed sports teams and even eliminated teaching positions, but still may have to tap savings just to make it through year's end.


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