PA Schools, Special Ed at Risk in Fiscal Cliff

(December 5, 2012) Associated Press -Gov. Tom Corbett’s top budget adviser says federal aid for special education and Pennsylvania’s poorest school districts could take the biggest hit if mandatory spending cuts go into effect Jan. 1 as part of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Budget Secretary Charles Zogby said Wednesday that his office estimates that an 8 percent cut in federal spending to certain programs could mean a loss of up to $300 million for Pennsylvania.

His office says that would mean an annual cut of about $43 million for poor school districts known as Title I districts and a cut of about $33 million for special education in Pennsylvania.

However, he notes that the state’s economic forecasting firm assumes that a deal in Washington, D.C., will avoid the fiscal cliff.

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