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Posted - 11/03/2010 09:53am
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GOP Gains Could Prompt Funding, Policy Shifts
Republicans seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives and significantly bolstered their majorities in the Senate in Tuesday's election, an outcome that will almost certainly mean an end to emergency education aid to states and will heighten pressure for a more limited federal role in K-12 policy. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the House minority leader who is likely to become the speaker of the House, said in an election-night speech that Republicans will "take a new approach that hasn't been tried before in Washington—by either party. It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it. Reducing the size of government instead of expanding it."

That's likely to mean a move toward less federal involvement in education policy, which expanded under the Bush administration and the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, analysts said.

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