90% of Ed Dept staff isn’t ‘essential’

In the great government shutdown of 2013, 90 percent of U.S. Education Department workers have been deemed “nonessential” and sent home. (Some say it’s 94 percent.)

The Education Department has more essential workers than NASA (3 percent) and the Environmental Protection Agency and Housing and Urban Development, both 6 percent.

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  1. Mark Roulo says:

    Since the states all have departments of education, I wonder what would happen if the entire DoE was shut down for a year. I suspect that most of the essential employees are doing something involved in tracking money that is being handed out. One alternative would be to just write checks to the state departments of education and let those folks distribute it.


    I don’t expect this to happen.