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Arne Duncan on sequester: Cuts are ‘dumb,’ children will suffer

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Robby Soave
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan slammed the current sequestration debate in Washington, arguing that it is “stupid” and distracts from real issues, like the need to decrease gun violence in schools.

Duncan appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday to talk about the impact sequestration will have on education. He warned that if Congress fails to act, the automatic cuts would result in 40,000 teachers losing their jobs. Children will also suffer, he said.

“Our money all goes out to school districts,” he said. “The vast majority of our federal money goes out to help vulnerable children, whether it’s children with special needs … whether it’s poor children, whether it’s our babies in Head Start, we don’t have any ability with dumb cuts like this to figure out what the right thing to do is.”

The secretary twice called the cuts “stupid,” and implored Congress to appropriate the necessary funds quickly, and move on to more important issues — like gun violence in schools.

“That’s where I think we should be spending our time, is talking about how we reduce gun violence. That’s the productive use of our time,” Duncan said.

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