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WV teachers union wants grants spared

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Leaders of a West Virginia teachers union say public education already is reeling from funding problems, and they're worried about further reductions as Republicans and the White House struggle to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to start with the new year.

If nothing is done in Washington, D.C., federal grant programs for education would be among the areas subject to automatic spending cuts, and the West Virginia Education Association says it would be "devastating" for students.

The union says among the grants that could be at risk in West Virginia includes nearly $7.9 million for low-income public schools, $6 million for special education, and $4.8 million for the Head Start program that supports disadvantaged children from birth to age 5 and their families.