SALEM -- Oregon school districts are warning that automatic federal budget cuts would likely carve deepest into their programs for poor, disabled and non-English speaking students.
Officials said Friday that education budgets aren't likely to see a hit before the end of this school year. But they say Head Start preschool, full-day kindergarten and special education are all at risk next year.
A wide variety of other Oregon programs from the federal government also could be diminished as $85 billion in budget cuts are phased in. Those include Crater Lake National Park, forestland firefighting, child immunizations and air-traffic controllers at small airports.
Officials cautioned that the exact nature of the cuts is still unknown and they could be changed or averted if Congress and President Barack Obama reach an agreement to avoid them.