(KMOV.com) -- Missouri schools could lose nearly $12 million in funding if a series of automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, goes into effect on Friday. Meanwhile, schools in Illinois would lose roughly $33 million in funds.
In Illinois alone, the sequester would put 460 teachers and teacher aide jobs at risk. About 39,000 fewer students would be served, and 120 fewer schools would receive funding.
Brenda Powers, president of the Alton Education Association, said local schools would be hit hard by the automatic cuts.
"Sports programs will be cut, [students] will be in very large classrooms, they won't be able to hire assistants, they won't have after-school programs, many of the one-on-one aids for special needs district won't be able to afford to have them," Powers said.
The state of Illinois could also lose nearly $25 million in special education funding.