Deal temporarily locks in sequestration-level funding for education

The deal that recently ended the federal government shutdown maintains current funding levels for the U.S. Department of Education through Jan. 15 -- essentially freezing sequestration-level funding until that time. Observers say that now may be the best time for educators to advocate against cuts to education funding. "If they don't do it now, there's this feeling in the education community that the sequestration cuts are permanent," said Michael Griffith, a school finance consultant.

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