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Afternoon Announcements: Low Income Students the Majority in South and West

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October 17, 2013 12:35 pm

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For the first time in four decades, low-income students make up the majority in states throughout the American South and West. The new analysis, conducted by the Southern Education Foundation, is based on the number of students from preschool through the 12th grade who were eligible for free and reduced price lunches in the 2010-11 school year. The Washington Post

A lot of attention has been paid in recent months to tired high school student who may need an extra hour of sleep, pushing school start times back. In Montgomery County, Maryland, a new proposal to shift high school schedules would do just that; there will be a meeting on October 28th to discuss the idea. The Washington Post

A bill that would allow teachers participating in alternative-certification programs such as Teach for America to be considered “highly qualified” is expected to be approved by Congress soon. Politics K-12

The deal reached by both parties in Congress to end the government shutdown does not end sequestration, the automatic across-the-board budget cuts. The Education Department could still undergo budget cuts with sequestration, but the deal opens the door to lifting the threat of another round of cuts set to hit school districts during the 2014-15 school year. Politics K-12

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