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The federal government began its first partial shutdown in 17 years at midnight Monday ET, as House Republicans continued to insist that a temporary spending bill needed to keep the government open be tied to restrictions on ObamaCare.

Both Rep. Steve Scalise and Sen. David Vitter describe the Affordable Care Act as a “train wreck.”

State Education Superintendent John White thinks his movement has to make some changes to survive. He’s addressing a policy forum at the pro-charter American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday at noon, “taking school reformers to task,” the institute says.

The event will be streamed live on the institute’s website and on NOLA.com. Attendees will be tweeting with the hashtag #FixingK12.

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