Automatic federal budget cuts will slash more than $1 billion in K-12 education dollars this year, and the reductions will be particularly painful in five states, reports.

North Dakota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Idaho, and South Dakota are the five states that rely most heavily on federal education money for programs such as Title 1 and Impact Aid.

On average, federal dollars comprise about 13 percent of states’ K-12 education spending. But in those five states, one fifth or more of K-12 money came from Washington, D.C., in fiscal year 2010, the most recent year for which data are available from the National Center for Education Statistics. North Dakota gets 22 percent of its education money from the federal government, while the other four states receive around 20 percent…

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