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Mom Congress: Education News Roundup

Check out the latest education-related news from around the web -- then be sure to sign the Mom Congress petition to fix No Child Left Behind.

Schools Look to Teacher Furloughs to Trim Budgets (Associated Press, 9/1/09)
Teachers — once among the groups exempted from furlough days — are being forced to take unpaid days off amid massive state budget cuts in school districts around the country.

Cuts in After-School Programs Have Parents Frantic (New York Daily News, 9/1/09)
Hundreds of Brooklyn parents are scrambling to find after-school care since budget cuts at the Administration for Children's Services forced city-funded day care centers to slash programs for 5-year-olds.

A New Assignment: Pick Books You Like (New York Times, 8/29/09)
Last fall, for the first time in 15 years, teacher Lorrie McNeill chose not to assign a single novel to her 7th and 8th graders. Instead she turned over all the decisions about which books to read to the students.

Budget Cuts Mean School Fundraisers on the Rise (Wall Street Journal, 8/29/09)
“The Juggle” blog takes a look at the rising number of school fundraisers organized to help offset budget cuts, and features a Mom Congress survey that found most moms are OK with some level of advertising in schools. Read Parenting’s full Mom Congress survey results here.

At Some Schools, Budget Cuts Put the Kibosh on Sports (USA Today, 9/2/09)
High schools across the USA are reporting that the recession has led to financial difficulties for extracurricular programs, forcing cost-cutting that is particularly painful now, as fall sports seasons open.