So, what might this mean for us? The first area where we would experience a cut is to our Title 1 program that currently supports our elementary reading intervention program. Because of our relatively low free and reduced lunch numbers, we receive less than $100,000 in Title 1 funding so a 5.3% cut would not be significant in our budget.
The second area where we receive federal funding is in our special needs program with about $1.3 million. We also last year received about an additional $1 million through the federal safety net program. This is critical funding for this program, but if a 5.3% cut were in place we can plan for it in next year's budget through student placement decisions.
This is one time where not receiving significant federal funding is actually a positive for our system. Districts that receive a significantly higher percentage of their funding from the federal government will experience the more dramatic cuts that we hear about in the media as will other departments where the cuts will be felt immediately.