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How the sequestration will hurt CMS

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Charlotte - Mecklenburg schools (CMS) superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison says he is frustrated over sequestration. If Congress doesn't act by midnight Friday, there will be automatic cuts that could hurt education.

Experts claim the cuts will leave 10,000 teachers out of a job and eliminate $3 billion dollars from school districts.

Morrison says CMS stands to lose about 5 percent of its money that comes from the federal government. He says that equals to a little more than $4 million dollars. That money pays for the extra support needed so students who live in poverty can succeed.

The superintendent is talking to staff to determine if the cuts take place, how will the district still take care of disadvantaged students.

"What can we do in terms of redistribution of resources," Morrison said. "So that we cannot lose teachers and programs and programs that are geared to our most neediest students, but it is a huge concern."

Morrison said if cuts happen it will take place in the 2013-2014 school year.  

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