[caption id="attachment_121642" align="alignleft" width="150"] While all schools that receive federal funding will be affected, poor and disadvantaged students will be hit hardest.[/caption]

School districts around the country are bracing for more than $2 billion in federal spending cuts that kicked in March 1 after lawmakers failed to reach a deficit-reduction deal.

School administrators say the cuts will result in fewer staff, larger class sizes, and the delay of ed-tech purchases, among other effects. The cuts come as school districts are trying to prepare for more rigorous assessments aligned with the Common Core...

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