U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's prediction of as many as 40,000 lost teaching jobs as a result of federal sequestration has not come to pass, but he said in a recent interview with education reporter Alyson Klein that educators and students are still feeling the effect of the cuts. He praised states for covering some budget gaps and said reversing the sequestration is a top priority for him. "There have been critical investments that school districts would have preferred to make and they weren't able to make them," Duncan said. "We shouldn't feel good about that."

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