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In wake of new union contract, 62 New York schools approved to ‘break the rules’

New York City officials and teachers union respresentatives announced which city schools will be able to do so by opting out of certain union rules and chancellor’s regulations, starting this September. Sixty-two schools were selected from 107 applicants to take part in the experimentation program, known as Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence.

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Department of Education launches plan to attract good teachers to high-poverty areas

A new three-part Department of Education initiative will ask schools to create equity plans to combat the continued problem of high-poverty, high-minority schools that still lack the resources they need to support their students. The initiative will be bolstered by a $4.2 million technical assistance network and educator equity profiles.

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California school district adopts ethnic-studies curriculum

A Southern California school district will require ethnic-studies classes — ahead of a similar curriculum that legislators hope to someday implement statewide. The El Rancho Board of Education has agreed that all students, beginning with the class of 2016, must pass an ethnic-studies course before graduating.

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Tech CEOs request billions for school Wi-Fi

A group of 41 tech leaders is urging the Federal Communications Commission to ratify a proposed plan that would allocate $5 billion to expand the government’s E-Rate program to put Wi-Fi in as many schools as possible.

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The fight for tech interns now starts in high school

Landing top talent is getting so tough in Silicon Valley that technology companies are trying anything for an edge — including hiring interns out of high school and boosting new recruits’ perks.

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New York City school superintendents must reapply for jobs

Forty-one New York City superintendents will have to reapply for their jobs this year under a new policy by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Senior Department of Education officials said they expected most who reapply to be rehired after a selection process that includes interviews, essays and references.

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New York district's schools going "9-5" with state grant

As part of a $4,104,000 Extended Learning Time grant from the New York State Department of Education, the Utica City School District will extend the school day for several area schools starting in September to enhance academics and increase test scores.

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Conn. law to combat fatal heart attacks among high school athletes

Connecticut lawmakers recently passed a new law aimed at preventing the deaths of teenage athletes who may have undiagnosed and potentially fatal heart ailments. It will set new training standards for high school coaches, and require parents of student athletes to be educated about the risks to their children.

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Michigan school chief promises to get tough with charter authorizers

State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced he is giving notice to Michigan’s charter school authorizers that he will be exercising his statutory authority to prevent them from granting new charters if authorizers’ performance does not measure up.

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Maryland county's parents, officials divided over cell phone towers

Prince George’s County school officials and residents are divided over whether cell phone towers should be built on school grounds. The county is currently considering a plan for towers on nine sites to be built by Milestone Communications.

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