Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Sequestration estimates released by the White House suggest the palmetto state's education system could lose some $20 million in federal money.
"If this sequester happens - and it looks like it's going to now - many of the kids who are benefitting and would benefit from programs in the future they may not be there for them," said Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands President Carter Clark.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands says this year, federal money is footing the bill for after school programs for 350 students who can't afford them.
"The school receives the funding and we contract with the school to provide a portion of the program for the participants," said Clark. "Quite honestly without that funding, many of those participants could not afford to be part of such a program"
The program provides tutoring, leadership training, and a variety of elective options.
Sequestration cuts could eliminate the money school districts use to partner with groups like the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.
For low income Title One schools, the South Carolina Department of Education estimates schools will lose $5 for every $100 they receive in federal money.
"They could pay for part of a teachers salary, they could pay for part of a teachers aid, they could pay for a diagnostic to judge student learning. But they also pay for things like travel, catering, and other administrative activities," said Ragley. "So, districts will have to make those decisions how to absorb any reductions in title one funds."
Ragley says if the cuts pass, districts can trim administrative overhead in an effort to keep student services at the same level.
"Money isn't the only factor driving education attainment in this state," said Ragley. "We think it's the effectiveness of the teacher in the classroom and the principal at that school. So we think these reductions can be managed by school districts without impacting services."