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AM News: Newark Teachers To Get Some Of Facebook $100M

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Kansas City, Mo., school district loses its accredidation NYT: For a school district that has been facing longstanding problems — including the closing of nearly half the schools — the move was painful, though not entirely unexpected.

Facebook fund goes directly to teachers WSJ: Some of Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to the Newark school system will be given directly to public schoolteachers, one year after the Facebook founder announced the donation, said three people familiar with the plans.

Cheating by teachers invalidates schools' test scores L.A. Times: Twenty-two California schools had their test scores thrown out this year for reasons ranging from outright cheating to comparatively minor mistakes, such as failing to cover up bulletin boards or stumbling over instructions.

Chicago schools gearing up for longer days Chicago Tribune: As they prepare for longer school days starting Monday, teachers and administrators at six Chicago schools are busy settling the final details of teaching schedules, pickup procedures and extra enrichment activities.

City, charter schools reach new accord Boston Globe: The Boston School Committee approved a historic agreement last night to establish greater cooperation between the city and independent charter schools, in an effort to provide more students across the city with a stronger education. via GS

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Detroit plans to cut 1,500 teachers Detroit News: Detroit Public Schools expects to shed nearly 40 percent of its teachers in the next four years to help close a $327 million deficit, yet projects a loss of just 6,000 students under a state-approved fiscal blueprint.

N.C. school district wins prestigious ed. prize Huff Post: North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district has won a prestigious prize in public education, which will provide $550,000 in college scholarships for needy students.

Md. in joint effort to change science education Baltimore Sun: Maryland has joined a multi-state campaign to improve science education — a move that will lead to a greater emphasis on analytical and conceptual thinking.

New MacArthur fellow hopes to bridge U.S. racial-achievement gap Marketplace: Harvard economics Professor Roland Fryer is one of 22 recipients of a MacArthur Fellowship. He discusses what he researches and how he plans to use the $500,000 he received. 

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