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Schools could face steep cuts if Congress fails to act on fiscal cliff

— Liverpool, meanwhile, is looking at about $238,000 in cuts. Superintendent Richard Johns expressed frustration that the district was facing the prospect of carrying out its mission with even less in the 2013-14 school year.

“At some point, you say what more can the government heap on the shoulders of public education? Our costs keep going through the roof. At some point, you have to ask if we’re going to educate our kids or not,” Johns said. “It’s very frustrating.”

Johns said the government’s failure to make public education a priority would only perpetuate America’s economic downturn.

“Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the best president this country ever had. He got us out of the Great Depression, and he did that, in part, with the GI Bill, which sent millions of vets back to school with their college tuition paid for. And what happened? In the 1950s, America became a superpower, because we were the most education nation on the globe,” he said. “Now, we’re going to underspend education and somehow fight our way out of the recession? It doesn’t compute.”

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