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Montgomery County Teachers Get Pay Raise

Teachers in Montgomery County have ratified a new contract that gives raises totaling 5.5 percent over three years, but it also requires educators to pay more for health insurance.

The Washington Post reports that the contract ratified Wednesday mirrors the financial terms negotiated with other school employee organizations. School officials say the total cost for new compensation for the system's 22,000 employees totals $35.8 million.

The new contract for teachers includes a new initiative to provide incentives for high-performing teachers to work in 57 high-poverty schools. Another initiative is supposed to begin adding student feedback into teacher evaluations, bring teacher feedback into principal evaluations and add principal feedback into associate superintendent evaluations.

Teacher salaries will increase 1.5 percent in November, 2 percent in 2015 and 2 percent in 2016.

NPR

In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

NPR

$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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