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East ticks off school days lost to snow, Irene
Northeast schools run low on snow days after power losses from snowstorm, Irene
By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' Education officials in the Northeast worry they might have to shorten school vacations to make up for days missed from power failures caused by last weekend's snowstorm and Hurricane Irene in August.

Many schools are closed all this week as crews work to restore power to more than 750,000 homes and businesses in several states. The storm dumped wet, heavy snow that toppled thousands of trees and brought down power lines.

Connecticut schools must have at least 180 days of classes and finish by June 30 under state law.

By Thursday, many districts had already lost five to 10 days and used up most snow days they set aside as a cushion.

New Jersey officials also are concerned about using a bunch of snow days before winter even officially starts.

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