Government shutdown: What it would mean for schools

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

With a shutdown of the federal government appearing imminent, the U.S. Department of Education is warning that a delay of more than a week could "severely curtail" funding to colleges and schools.

A "furlough contingency plan" posted on the department's website details how the agency's programs and more than 4,000 employees would be affected. The department's plan would allow for payments to school districts during the first week of October under several grant programs, including Title I funds for schools with low-income populations.

However, the department warns that if the shutdown lasts longer than a week, programs across the country would be hurt.

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