[caption id="attachment_34074" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="$500 million in proposed funding to create open online courses was cut out of the final student aid bill. "]Funding for an online course program was cut out of the final student aid bill. [/caption]

In last-minute maneuvering designed to get the measure to pass, lawmakers eliminated $20 billion in proposed education funding from the student aid overhaul enacted by Congress last week—dampening enthusiasm for legislation that K-12 and higher-education officials had lobbied for over the past year. Of that $20 billion, $12 billion was slated for community colleges...

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