By Alyson Klein
A government shutdown on Oct. 1 now looks much less likely now that Rep. John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, has announced plans to step down at the end of next month. That will probably make it a lot easier for Congress to reach a short-term spending deal.
But the U.S. Department of Education is clearly a fan of the boy-scout motto: Be prepared. Especially since the next shutdown drama might not be that far away.