LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas is beginning to feel the effects of the sequester to the tune of $18. 5 million in the area of education. According to the US Department of Education, those cuts will go into effect this year.
Title 1 funding, used to improve academic achievement of disadvantaged students, will take the largest cut at $9.6 million. Other programs like education for homeless youth, language acquisition grants, and special education will see significant reductions as well.
Jerri Derlikowski with Arkansas Advocates Children and Families said losing Title 1 funding hurts the most.
"It provides additional teachers and training and programs that these students need in order to help close the achievement gap that they have."
Early childhood education program Head Start has also had to make cutbacks after a reduction in federal funding. Some programs have decided to close early for the summer, meaning families will have to find other ways to care for and feed their children.