Budget Tensions Cloud Hopes for End to 'Sequester'
Sequestration—the across-the-board budget cuts that represent the biggest slash in federal education spending in recent history—may continue, education advocates fear, a consequence of the budget deadlock that shuttered the U.S. government and congressional brinkmanship over the debt ceiling.
With those twin fiscal crises having consumed lawmakers’ attention for weeks, stopping the sequestration cuts had been shoved to the side, leaving education advocates fearing that school districts would have to cope with yet another round of reductions to programs that serve the neediest children and students in special education. However, over the weekend, lawmakers who have expressed anxiety about sequestration renewed their push to end—or at least blunt—the cuts, as discussions continued over how to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government.
“Sequestration is still hiding under the bed, but [it’s] been crowded out of the debate,” said Erik Fatemi, who until recently served as a top aide to Democrats on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, in...
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