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Reduce deficits -- but keep teachers working

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At long last, Congress is getting serious about containing deficit spending, but it would be ridiculous to show it by allowing more than 100,000 teachers around the country to lose their jobs.

Whether it settles on a proposed $23 billion to prevent the layoffs or some lesser number, Congress needs to do it.

It should find offsets to keep aid to states deficit-neutral -- perhaps tapping unspent 2009 stimulus money -- but it shouldn't cut funds intended for education reform.

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