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Morning Announcements: October 31, 2011

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October 31, 2011 04:25 pm

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Happy Halloween!

Some schools are closed today for a teacher professional day (Montgomery County, MD for one) and others in the Northeast face disrupted plans for trick-or-treating because of snow and power outages. But education news stops for nothing!

Leaders of the Senate education committee still aim to push a bipartisan revision of the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Act through Congress by year’s end, in time to stave off the Obama administration’s move to offer states waivers of parts of the nearly decade-old law, writes Education Week.

In the meantime, NPR reports that dozens of states intend to apply for waivers that would free their schools from a federal requirement that they set aside hundreds of millions of dollars a year for after-school tutoring, a program many researchers say has been ineffective.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that the nation’s only statewide tax vote on the November ballot asks Colorado voters whether they want to temporarily raise taxes to generate $3 billion for classrooms and colleges—a proposal that has stirred fierce opposition because of the stagnant economy.

With Romney and Perry noticeably missing, GOP presidential hopefuls took up the issue of education and continued to call for scaling back, or eliminating, the federal role in K-12 schools, writes Education Week.

At least 292 school districts nationwide have a four-day week, according to a Washington Post survey, more than double the 120 estimated two years ago.

Parents across Idaho will now play a role in whether or not their child’s teacher gets a raise, reports the Deseret News.

Trick or Treat: Schools are closed in snowy northeast, reports ABC News.

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