U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House education committee, and two other Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education seeking a $1.5 billion increase in special-education funding. The move comes after Kline had an exchange with Education Secretary Arne Duncan during hearings over a budget bill that would limit domestic discretionary spending and potentially lead to budget cuts for special-education programs.

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