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The Government Shutdown and K-12 Education: Your Guide

Here we go again: President Donald Trump and Congress were unable to reach agreement on temporary spending plan late last week to keep the government open, so the U.S. Department of Education and other government agencies were on a partial shutdown as of midnight Friday. It’s the first time this has happened in four years. 

Lawmakers then spent the weekend trying to hammer out a deal. What’s the practical implications? A short-term shutdown means a much quieter-than-usual situation at the department’s headquarters at 400 Maryland Ave., but not much immediate impact at most school districts. A longer-term shutdown, however, could cause more headaches. Head Start, the federal preschool program, and Impact Aid to districts with a federal presence in their backyard would likely feel the pinch first.