So I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the federal government is closed.
Education Week has a great Q&A on what the shutdown means for education. The short answer is that in the short-term schools and school systems will be largely unaffected. (Keyword: short-term.) You can also find more details in this piece, which covers the U.S. Department of Education’s shutdown contingency, which was released Friday.
Federal money, including Title I dollars and funds for career and technical education, will get out to states and school systems. Competitive grant funds and student loan funds are also expected to be unaffected by the shutdown.
The Department of Education itself will feel the impact of the shutdown. According to Education Week, more than 90 percent of the department’s staffers will be furloughed.
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— US Dept of Education (@usedgov) October 1, 2013