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Some 12,000 special education teachers and aides could lose their jobs in the coming months unless Congress acts to stop impending cuts, according to a new report from Congressional Democrats.

The warning is the latest from lawmakers on the impact likely to be felt from a series of automatic federal spending reductions expected to take effect Jan. 2 under a process known as sequestration. The cuts — totaling more than $100 billion — were triggered after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal last year.

The White House estimates that special education alone would lose more than $1 billion under the plan, which calls for most federal programs to be slashed by at least 8.2 percent.

The latest report from Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee suggests that the projected staffing reductions could affect over 500,000 students with disabilities.

While members of both political parties have expressed concern about the spending rollbacks, no action on the issue is expected until members of Congress return to Washington following the Nov. 6 election.

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  1. George Buzzetti says:

    Always take from the most disadvantaged. Many educrats consider special education to be a joke. Just look at RTI for the joke on special education students. I can legally take up to 60% of the special education catagorical money and inter fund transfer it into the general fund and never lose the funding and never help those for whom it was intended including not having to keep good records. Who do you really think these people are?

  2. Ivethe Guerrero says:

    I just found a letter in my mailbox this morning stating that because of a 200,000 budgetary cut, my position as a Special Educator has been eliminated. My first though was who will serve my students?
    and if I would be able to find another position. It is a shame that who really needs money doesn’t get it, while hundreds of thousands is spend in less important areas.

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