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More Head Start funding and turnaround flexibility in new federal spending bill

There are some hopeful signs for education policy coming out of the new federal spending bill, and not just for the programs that got big wins. In addition to restoring most of the federal money cut during the sequester, the bill also includes some tweaks to school turnaround that suggest a rewrite of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) might actually be possible at some point.

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Federal budget deal averts shutdown, but without some important measures

Last week, the chairs of the budget committees in the U.S. House and Senate announced a budget deal that provides for additional discretionary funding in federal fiscal years 2014 and 2015, which is offset with lower spending and higher fees over the decade. The House passed the deal last week with a bipartisan vote, and the Senate passed it this week.

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Federal cuts squeeze housing assistance for low-income Minnesotans

Federal budget cuts to housing assistance for low-income renters “have left local Minnesota authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and administer needed housing assistance,” according to a new report.

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Federal spending: From whence comes the deficit?

Congress has just passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2014. The amount authorized in the budget is $1.012 trillion. This amount covers only federal discretionary spending and does not reflect the reality of what our federal government spends in totality. So, where does all the money come from, and where does it go?

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University of Minnesota Extension cuts jobs, replaces others with non-union work

As the University of Minnesota Extension restructures a program that educates low-income families about nutrition, many union jobs will be lost.

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Sequestration and housing: From bad to worse

Budget cuts since 2010 and the subsequent across-the-board cut called “sequestration” that went into effect earlier this year are razing havoc with Minnesota communities’ public housing programs, a new study by Minnesota housing experts reveals.

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University of Minnesota nutrition education program to lose about 44 percent of staff after federal funding cuts

Responding to successive cuts in federal funding, University of Minnesota Extension announced Monday it will scale back a program that helps low-income families make healthy, cost-effective food choices.

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Second round of sequester cuts could threaten the Pell Grant

With the second round of sequestration cuts approaching in January, federal financial aid for students remains at risk.

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Shutdown ends, debt crisis averted – now what?

The federal government shutdown has ended and the debt ceiling crisis averted, but serious concerns remain about whether Congress will take a path that supports economic growth and boosts Americans’ living standards, or instead will focus too much on deficit reduction and in the process, increase hardship and slow down the economic recovery.

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Federal transit funding uncertain; State, locals must step up

From street cars and rapid buses to expanding rural and exurban mobility, many Minnesota communities have ambitious plans for transit. In the past, federal funding has been a key tool to finance local transit needs and expansions.

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