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Afternoon Announcements: Most Schools Not Feeling Impact From Government Shutdown… Yet

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October 03, 2013 04:06 pm

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There’s been little impact so far from the government shutdown on K-12 schools around the country, but a handful of public and private school students in the Washington area are an unfortunate exception. Politics K-12

Educators in California are making new efforts to fight truancy. “Connecting with parents is the key to solving the truancy problem and understanding the root of it,” the video report notes. NBC

For 770 preschool-aged children in eastern Alabama, school is out indefinitely. Thanks to the government shutdown which began Tuesday morning, Cheaha Regional Head Start (CRHS) has had to close all 16 of its locations, furlough its 240 employees without pay, and tell parents to keep all of the program’s students at home. MSNBC

For now, school districts and states still aren’t feeling major effects from a short-term shutdown. “Right now we’re not seeing anything,” said John Barge, the state schools’ chief in Georgia. He noted, for example, that states can still access their federal Race to the Top grant money. He added that, longer term, there might be some ramifications. Politics K-12

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