Potential education cuts concern parents

Posted at 1:02 PM, Feb 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-26 13:25:04-05

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - Sequestration, also known as massive federal budget cuts, are expected to hit Virginia hard. The impact could be far-reaching, affecting everything from airports to education.

Some parents are concerned their child's school will be forced to do more with less.

"The investment in our future will be our children educating them, training them, guiding them teaching them," Artis Kelly, father of two, said.

While he is concerned amid reports that schools could cut head start services and staff who help educate children with disabilities in order to make up for lost funding, he is optimistic the White House and Congress will work to avoid the cuts.

"Not only are our children affected, society as a whole would be affected. The taxpayer will be affected," Kelly said.  "As a result of that it becomes even more difficult to bounce back."

Andy Jenks Henrico Director of Communications and Public Relations for Henrico County Schools responded to the potential impact of sequestration with the following statement:

Back in early Fall, we developed various sequestration plans outlining what services would be affected and the degree of the necessary cuts. We’ve worked proactively with all of the programs potentially affected.

On the chopping block are millions designated for government agencies if lawmakers don't reach a compromise March 1.