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New Jersey May Loosen Control Over Newark and Paterson Schools District Dossier: The State Board of Education is to consider resolutions that would allow Newark's school board to vote on issues on financial management and the Paterson School board to vote on operations.

Case's Revolution Fund Invests in Supplier of Children's Lunche NYT: The Revolution Growth fund, which Mr. Case started with two former AOL colleagues, is expected to announce on Wednesday that it has invested in Revolution Foods, an Oakland, Calif., company that makes healthier lunch meals for children. The investment is worth $30 million, according to a person briefed on the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Lawmakers Pressure FCC Ahead of Changes to E-Rate Rules PK12: As schools begin to break for summer, lawmakers and lobbyists are turning up the heat on the Federal Communication Commission, which has promised to revamp its E-Rate system before the start of the next school year.

Thousands of children are coming from Central America to Texas — alone Vox: Different federal agencies are responsible for taking the children in, finding housing for them, and processing their immigration cases. But, as the number of children crossing into the country from Central America has exploded — rising fivefold since 2011 — those agencies haven't received the resources to keep up.

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

School apologizes to some teens for editing photos Seattle Times: Some Utah high school students who cracked their yearbooks to find sleeves digitally added to their tank tops and a tattoo erased say school officials have apologized to them.

Torlakson Leads Tuck, Gutierrez, for Superintendent of Public Instruction LA Weekly: Tuck appears to have succeeded in forcing Torlakson into a November runoff last night, with 99.4 percent of the vote counted. And that means an all-out Education War on the November ballot. See below.

New Common Core high school tests set a low bar for passing in New York Hechinger Report: High school students in New York State begin sitting for their annual Regents exams on June 3 and the results for two of the exams — algebra and English – should have provided a first look at how well students grasp the new Common Core standards. But now that seems unlikely.

Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall NPR: This time next year, millions of schoolkids in the U.S. will sit down for their first Common Core test. In some places, the stakes will be high — for kids, their teachers and their communities. The goal of the Core benchmarks in reading and math is to better prepare students for college, career and the global economy. But the challenges are huge.

New York City Teachers Vote for Raise and a Nine-Year Contract NYT: The contract, agreed to in May by city officials and the teachers’ union, will increase pay but leaves many questions about future health benefits.

Challenging K-12 Market 'Turning the Corner," Analyst Tells Ed. Publishers EdWeek: Sixteen percent of district officials surveyed about their instructional budgets in 2013 said they expected their financial situations to improve, according to Kathleen Brantley of the market research company MDR, speaking at a conference of the Association of American Publishers' PreK-12 Learning Group.

Advocates say online video series invaded privacy of special-ed CPS students Chicago Sun Times: But the Local School Council chair who invited the filmmakers to Montefiore Special Elementary School, 1310 S. Ashland Ave., without the district’s consent said he wanted to show the need for more therapeutic services in the district and the benefits Montefiore can provide.

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A runoff is the norm in the California superintendent's race, just to note that this is not particularly a "reform" victory. Last time around, the "reform" candidate, Gloria Romero (last seen as head of Democrats for Education Reform in California), was the one who finished out of the money, despite the fact that other candidates split the pro-public-education vote.

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