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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Who's Afraid Of Sequestration?


Reservation Schools Feeling It First — The federal budget sequester appears to be hitting American Indian reservation schools the hardest.
Corey Mitchel of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports that reservation schools are "taking a hit months before the rest of the country’s classrooms will feel the effects of reduced funding." The White Earth Reservation school could cut its year short this year because of the cuts.

And, Mitchell reports, "The Red Lake School District, where the high school was the site of a shooting that left seven people dead in 2005, has scaled back its security staff."
 “There’s a real sense of frustration for everybody,” Red Lake Superintendent Steve Wymore said.

The cuts come just as reservation schools were showing some progress, raising their graduation rates by three points in 2012 to 45 percent. Statewide, 87 percent of all students graduate from high school in four years. “It is indefensible that the first wave of reckless sequestration cuts to education will hit our most vulnerable students,” said U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., who co-chairs the Congressional Native American Caucus.


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