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Federal Cuts To Impact Education Take Effect Friday

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The federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" are set to take effect on Friday.

On Sunday, President Obama released state by state information on what he believes the impact will be on individual states including Ohio. One of the areas impacted is education; but cuts are also planned to other areas such as health care and defense.

The federal budget cuts set to start on March 1 total $85 billion.

Numbers released by the White House project $25 million in cuts will impact Ohio schools possibly putting the jobs of 350 teachers and aides on the line. Additionally the projections say 34,000 fewer students will be served.

"I want them to understand that their decisions have real consequences on real people," said Scott DiMauro, President of the Central Ohio chapter of the Ohio Educators Association.

DiMauro estimates the impact on Ohio schools will be far greater than that estimated by the White House. According to DiMauro 1.400 teachers could eventually lose their jobs and 174,000 students will be impacted by cuts to programs including Head Start and cuts to education for children with disabilities.

"In this larger ideological fight that's happening over the federal budget some people think you can deal with this on the backs of children. I don't think because they don't live in the classroom and they don't see what's happening and that interaction between the teacher and student every day, just how devastating their decisions can be," DiMauro said.

Sequestration will also impact federal work study programs.

Matt Borges is Executive Director of the Ohio Republican Party. Borges says the cuts are only 2% of the federal budget and says that President Obama is the one who asked for the sequestration in the first place.

"This is something the president knew about and asked for and insisted on; and now he's out campaigning against it. It's really one of the most remarkable political things I've ever seen," Borges said.

While Congress has until Friday to reach a compromise most political analysts say that is unlikely at this point.

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