Special-education programs nationwide could lose $900 million as well as 11,000 teachers and aides, if federal lawmakers fail to reach a deal to stop automatic spending cuts slated for Jan. 2. The federal cuts would come after years of tightened and trimmed budgets because of the economy. "We've sort of done the haircuts we can do. Sequestration would be basically kind of a hacksaw," said Kate Tromble, director of legislative affairs at the Education Trust, an education policy research group.
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