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Afternoon Announcements: Furloughed Education Department Employees Back at Work

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October 18, 2013 04:46 pm

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Furloughed Department of Education workers returned to overflowing in-boxes and back-to-back…to-back meetings. The workload is overwhelming, but employers are happy to be back at work. The Washington Post

“I appreciate that these next few weeks won’t be easy. I know that you’re coming back to even more work than you already had on your plate before the department had to shut down,” Arne Duncan said to Education Department staff members back at work this week. “Emails have piled up. Voicemails will be waiting for your callback. Projects are falling behind schedule. It may be hard to prioritize what needs to get done first. If you’re unsure, talk with your supervisor and teammates and figure out a manageable work plan that gets everyone caught up.” Politics K-12

Increasing numbers of students are taking a “gap” year after high school to live and travel abroad. Some say that it’s beneficial for the students, others say it’s a waste of money and of a year. What do you think? The New York Times

Large districts in major cities have express their excitement – or concern – over new higher standards. Suburbs are experiencing the same feelings but not getting as much attention in the media. The Hechinger Report

 

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