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Morning announcements: October 26, 2012

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October 26, 2012 03:52 pm

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TGIF! Here in the mid-Atlantic, we’re all bracing ourselves for Hurricane Sandy, otherwise known as Frankenstorm. This weekend went from an expected 70 degrees and sunny to unpredictable storms. We’re hoping for the best so we can get out and enjoy this Halloween, fall weekend. What are your plans? Have a spooktacular weekend!

Around 6,000 middle- and high-school students are participating in PelPal News, an exchange program that allows the students to connect with each other to discuss election-related issues with their peers around the country. Edutopia

A new report finds that since 1950, public school enrollment is up 96 percent. Teacher employment has increased 252 percent. And incredibly, non-teaching staff employment has gone up 702 percent. Ed Choice

Teachers may have a bigger stake in the outcome of the upcoming presidential election than you might think. Teachers have traditionally backed Democrats, and this election season isn’t different: both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have endorsed Obama. But there may be more to the story. Washington Post

Are NCLB waivers a band-aid, instead of a real fix? One opinion writer believes that closing the achievement gap is going to require more than quick fixes; the federal education policy system needs a complete overhaul. Huffington Post

In Idaho, schools and teachers are reacting to the $180 million laptop contract the state has signed with Hewlett-Packard in an effort to provide every student with a computer. Some teachers may believe it’s not necessary – saying students already bring their own mobile devices. Huffington Post

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