Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate voted 64-36 Wednesday on a budget that sets spending at about $1.021 trillion this budget year, effectively halting across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, for two years. While it's too soon to say what the budget deal -- expected to be signed by President Barack Obama -- means for school programs such as Title I, officials so far say they are optimistic and grateful for the fiscal breathing room.

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