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NV education in sequestration crosshairs

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Parents in the Silver State are worried about potential budget cuts to education.

The White House says if the sequester goes through Friday, the automatic budget cuts could take $9 million from primary and secondary education in Nevada.

About 120 jobs could be at risk, and ten fewer schools would receive funding.

Title I schools, including Matt Kelly Elementary, would suffer. Principal Patricia Harris said the cuts would be devastating. Pre-k and full-day kindergarten would be gone.

"Instead we would have two half-day sessions, which would negatively impact students," Harris said.

The school would also lose funding for breakfast and lunch, which Harris said would be unacceptable.

"The money that would be used for other operating costs would have to be filtered over to provide food for students. Without food, they can't learn," Harris said.

Harris also said many of her students' families rely on housing assistance to make rent. She said with the possibility of some of them losing that help, her students could end up homeless, further impacting their education.

Some parents and educators believe Congress needs to focus on cutting elsewhere. They say we can't afford to suffer any more education cuts.

"They need to take a close look at the programs that they do have in place and maybe we can cut some there, but education shouldn't be an option at all," parent Brandace Sexton said.

In addition to the $9 million lost in education funding, funding for disabled students would be cut by nearly $4 million.

Head Start programs in Nevada would be cut, too, reducing access for some children to early education.

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