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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warned lawmakers today of potentially dire ramifications if the budget blueprint put forth earlier this week by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., were to become law.

“We could see disastrous consequences for America’s children over the next couple of years,” Duncan said in remarks prepared for testimony before the House subcommittee that oversees education spending. “Passage of the Ryan budget would propel the educational success of this country backwards for years to come and that is a risk we cannot afford to take.”

The Ryan budget blueprint doesn’t actually propose specific cuts for K-12 education. But it does seek to significantly curtail domestic spending. Duncan’s estimates were based on an 18 percent cut to education funding the department projects for 2014.

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