East runs low on snow days after Irene, new storm

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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 about 589,000 homes and businesses in several states. The storm dumped wet, heavy snow that toppled 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.