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Charlottesville City Schools Asking for More Money

Posted: Updated: 7/14/2013 7:17:58 PM
Because of sequestration, the schools are getting $140,000 less. Because of sequestration, the schools are getting $140,000 less.

UPDATE: City schools are getting less federal funding because of sequestration. At first, they decided to turn to City Council to ask for funding - but now the schools have withdrawn their request.

Charlottesville city schools is feeling the effects of federal budget cuts - known as the sequestration. Monday night, the school system plans to ask City Council to fill a nearly $140,000 funding shortfall.

Juandiego Wade, the chair of the Charlottesville City School Board, says he hopes the schools get the money from the city. But if they don't, he promises the schools won't suffer in quality this time.

The school board expected to receive nearly $1.5 million from federal Title One money. Because of sequestration, the schools are getting $140,000 less.

The schools will ask council Monday night to dole out city taxpayer funds to make up that difference. This isn't the school board's first request for additional money from the city.

Charlottesville's mayor is hoping this is not part of an ongoing request for money. "We don't have a printing machine for money but there is a question for funding for schools and we will call a committee to see how we can think of educational funding for the future so we won't have this funding again and again," said Mayor Satyendra Huja of Charlottesville City.

Wade says if the funding isn't approved, students will not suffer substantially this time. He says teacher jobs will not be lost but the shortfall could impact the frequency of after-school tutoring programs.

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