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K-12 aid faces uncertain future, despite 'fiscal cliff' deal

from Education Week

Education programs will be spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily, under a bill to avert much of the so-called "fiscal cliff," overwhelmingly approved by Congress. The measure, which passed the U.S. Senate 89-8 and the U.S. House 257-167, will delay the trigger cuts known as "sequestration," which have been set to hit just about every government agency — including the U.S. Department of Education — on Jan. 2. Under the deal, the cuts will be postponed until March, giving federal lawmakers time to craft a broader budget agreement. The deal was worked out at the 11th hour by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader. more

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