The package cuts more than $1 billion from the U.S. Department of Education's budget along with a number of programs, while extending Race to the Top, and sheltering programs such as special education and Title I grants to districts.

Education organizations oppose spending cuts and boost for District of Columbia voucher program.

The U.S. Department of Education could fund already-submitted applications and would give priority to early education under the legislation working its way through Congress.

The long-awaited spending bill to fund the government through the end of this fiscal year eliminates a number of education programs.

The latest federal budget deal, which still needs to be approved, would include $700 million for a new Race to the Top program.

Hundreds of applications were received for the White House Commencement Challenge, according to the Obama administration.

So will lawmakers and the administration reach some sort of agreement on a short- or long-term spending plan, or will the feds shut down? Your guess is as good as ours. While we're all waiting to find out, make your official guess in this poll: Of course, even if there is a shutdown, the feds can't close forever. There will eventually be some kind of a deal and we'll be watching to see if it's close to the $5 billion in cuts to the Department of Education's budget that the House GOP was aiming for, or if President Barack Obama ...

If the government shuts down, the Education Department will keep 271 employees working next week—mostly those who are responsible for student loans and auditing stimulus spending, according to a new contingency plan.

The ESEA hearing seemed like a big bipartisan love feat compared to the sniping from both sides of the aisle on the budget.

Colleges and universities would not be able to disburse work-study and Perkins Loan payments to students if the federal government shuts down after Friday's deadline.

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