The U.S. Senate passed another short-term spending bill that would maintain funding levels from fiscal year 2010 for most K-12 programs until April 8, and would not restore funding for education programs eliminated in previous budget plans. The bill is the sixth in a succession of stopgap measures aimed at giving lawmakers more time to come to an agreement on funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. Republican lawmakers are seeking to reduce education spending to help balance the budget, while President Barack Obama opposes further cuts to education.

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