By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
Schools probably won’t see much change if the federal government does shut down, said Lindsey Burke, policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.
The biggest impact, she said, will be in the U.S. Department of Education.
“When you hear the administration talking about this and the crisis mode they tend to go into, I think their concern is the 4,200 bureaucrats that work in the federal DOE,” she said.
“If this (shutdown) were to come to bear, that’s where you would see an immediate impact – on the agency that is the Department of Education.”
About 90 percent of funding for schools comes from state and local taxes, and much of the federally funded 10 percent has already been allocated for the year.
“The impact won’t be immediate on any school programs, as long as [the shutdown is] relatively short-term,” Burke said. “Unless you’re talking for years out, I don’t think you’ll see a big impact on school operations.”
Most of the federally funded portion supports low income schools and students with disabilities – but even if the federal share declines, the 90 percent of the schools’ budgets from state and local funding would be intact.
The DOE employs 4,225 full- and part-time workers, and more than 90 percent would be furloughed, according to the department’s plan contingency plan.
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