President Obama will call for a three-year freeze in spending on many domestic programs, including education, and for increases no greater than inflation after that -- an initiative intended to signal his seriousness about cutting the budget deficit, reports the New York Times. Administration officials said the proposal, which could affect schools already struggling with steep cuts to state and local budgets, would be a major component of Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 27 and of the FY2011 budget he will send to Congress on Feb. 1. The freeze would cover...

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