FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Even in Washington, lawmakers are concerned with the non-exempt programs that will be facing budget cuts from sequestration.
One of those non-exempt programs is education.
"You would think that education would be an exempt program, especially with the amount of information or support that seems to come from the White House wanting to increase pre-school education, early childhood education," said Edana Nail, who teaches economics at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
Nail said that when it comes to education, the whole system has become used to taken beatings.
"I think most educational systems are already at a state of concern because funding has been cut, funding is not what it was and enrollment has gone down," said Nail.
Education in Mississippi could face major cuts that could affect thousands of students and create potential job losses for educators.
The programs facing budget cuts include Head Start, federal work-study programs, various grants and early childhood development programs.
"I walked into my classroom this morning, and I heard two of my students talking about sequestration. And I was like, 'What are y'all talking about?' and we started talking about it. And it was just funny that two of my students, very smart and bright students, were talking about it. I guess I just wasn't expecting them to be having a dialogue about it. But I think it's in the back of everybody's minds because I'm hearing my students talking about it," added Nail.
The bottom line is that most school districts won't get squeezed right away since school districts already have money in hand through June.
That means schools wouldn't feel the pinch until the start of the 2013-2014 school year.