By Jerry Canada
On Jan. 2, 2013, the Roanoke County School Division will experience federal budget cuts of 8 percent or more, affecting most programs during the 2013-14 school year, unless Congress intervenes.
These budget cuts will be the result of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which mandates reductions in education funding as well as funding for almost every federal program. The overall impact will be $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. For school districts across the nation it will mean more than a $4 billion cut in fiscal year 2013.
When we estimate the cuts in federal funding for our own school district, we know that the impact will be devastating. And these federal cuts will come at a time when our own state and local budgets are unable to adequately fund our education programs here in Roanoke County.
Canada is vice chairman of the Roanoke County School Board and is writing on behalf of all board members.