Thanks to federal sequestration budget cuts the Akron School District will lose part of its special education funding...
Schools spokesman Mark Williamson tells AkronNewsNow " We're looking at an $800,000 or so cut in special education for this district alone, and that's between five and six percent of our budget. That's pretty substantial."
Williamson says he doesn't know if the cut in funding will result in more layoffs. The district is also facing a $100,000 cut in Title 1 funding that also goes directly to students with special needs.
Williamson says the district is also unsure of the exact impact of the educating funding increase in Ohio's new two-year budget. The Ohio Senate had planned for a 700-million dollar increase in education funding statewide, but the House trimmed tat amount meaning many districts like Akron don't yet know exactly how much more in funding they'll receive in the next school year.
Akron Public Schools has already implemented many budget cuts and more may be in the offing depending on how much extra state funding the district receives.
Williamson says APS treasurer Jack Pierson is still crunching the numbers to determine the impact of the state education funding in the new budget.