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Afternoon Announcements: December 14, 2011

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December 14, 2011 10:54 pm

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More like evening announcements? Enjoy the latest in education news as you make your way through the rush hour commute.

Being unemployed in this economy is not uncommon and incredibly difficult. But being unemployed and uneducated may just set you back even more. Education Week reports that the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would require Americans filing for unemployment insurance to have a high school diploma or GED in order to receive benefits. Those who don’t must be working toward one. Ouch.

The economic downturn has not affected budget spending on the arts… yet. Despite obstacles posed by several consecutive years of budget cuts to New York City schools, spending in arts education increased by nearly 2 percent in the past school year according to the New York Times.

National Public Radio delves further into the impact of the economy on schools by reporting that the number of American children who qualify for free or reduced school lunches has surged. It is the first time many of these child qualify, thus, forcing them to fully understand their family’s changing economic situation.

Natalie Hopkinson is a contributing editor for The Root and has two kids attending schools in the Washington, D.C. area. They are not among the more than 2 million children currently attend charter schools nationwide. But that number is growing and not everyone thinks the move away from public schools is a good idea. NPR’s host Michel Martin speaks with Hopkinson, who is one critic.

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