[caption id="attachment_109792" align="alignleft" width="215"] Sequestration will trigger huge education spending cuts: across-the-board cuts of more than 8 percent to federal programs.[/caption]

As schools face ever-increasing budget dilemmas, education stakeholders are desperately hoping to avoid sequestration, or across-the-board cuts, to domestic spending next year—cuts that could devastate education programs and affect many of the country’s neediest students, experts say.

To avoid a government shutdown in 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which increased the national debt ceiling in exchange for a major reduction to federal deficits. Congress set limits to federal spending for...

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