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Afternoon announcements: Arne Duncan to join task force on gun violence, mental health services

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December 20, 2012 06:16 pm

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A roof over every student’s head, school breakfast and lunch for all eligible students, and an enriching, holistic curriculum are just a few of the items on this education wish list. The Nation

Several Cabinet officials, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have been asked to join a White House task force to look at gun violence, mental health services and other issues that related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last week. Politics K-12

The White House has a plan to avoid going over the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The GOP has a very different plan. What would these plans look like in action, and, importantly, how would they each affect K-12 education budgets? Politics K-12

With the unemployment rate still hovering around 8%, it’s critical to get Americans back to work. One way Maine Democrats are working to do this is by understanding and narrowing the “skills gap” – matching businesses with labor. Maine Business

Arne Duncan visited Newtown, Connecticut on Wednesday this week, and spoke with teachers and school district staff. Here’s a video of the message he gave them. Washington Post

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