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Rise & Shine: Bill Gates bankrolled pro-mayoral control group

News from New York City:

  • The city’s labor chief says the city has budgeted 8 percent raises for teachers over two years. (Post)
  • Bill Gates personally funded Learn NY, the group that lobbied for mayoral control’s renewal. (Post)
  • Mayor Bloomberg filled his school board spots with longtime allies. (GothamSchools, Post, Daily News)
  • Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s passion for pizza hasn’t abated. (Post)
  • The Post says Mayor Bloomberg shouldn’t be touting a community college boost he can’t pay for.
  • City Councilman Eric Gioia is pushing textbook rentals for CUNY students. (Daily News)

And beyond:

  • Urban school districts are turning to public relations campaigns to boost enrollment. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The Obama administration is using its clout to get states to change their education laws. (Times)
  • Jay Mathews on the “age-old problem” of schools denying help for disabled students. (Washington Post)
  • Schools are rethinking Holocaust education as the number of survivors dwindles. (Washington Post)
  • Chicago is continuing the school “turnaround” program that Arne Duncan launched. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Plans to build an all-inclusive school data system in D.C. have been derailed. (Washington Post)
  • A libertarian think tank member says national standards would “homogenize” education. (Daily News)

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