Federal funding cuts eliminate teacher, room for 19 children

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Fewer students are in class learning letters and numbers, playing games and practicing how to act in a classroom after a federally funded preschool program in Franklin had to make cuts.

Franklin’s Head Start center has 55 students this year, with three preschool classrooms — two for half-day students and one for full-day students. But that is down from last year, when the center had four classrooms and about 74 students enrolled.

The center had to make cuts after losing funding earlier this year. Cuts in federal spending, known as the sequester, reduced funding for Head Start programs in Johnson County and four other counties in central Indiana by $127,866. The Franklin program had to cut $46,000.

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