Schools nervous over shutdown

7:47 AM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- First schools dealt with sequester cuts and now a possible government shutdown has them on edge.

Most schools say they will be OK if the shutdown is brief, but, if it extends for weeks, then there will be issues.

Schools that rely on federal grants or funding stand to lose the most. Those schools typically have high poverty populations.

"We are worried about our families. We give our students breakfast and lunch, but if they are worried about having dinner at home that could become an issue at school," says Breakthrough Communications Director Lyman Millard.

Federal nutrition assistance for Women, Infants and Children could be cut during the shutdown and that would impact a lot of local families.

School lunch programs will be funded through the end of October, according the USDA.


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