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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.

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Texas Bookseller Picks 3 Summer Reads

Julia Green of Front Street Books recommends Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig, City of Women by David R. Gillham and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.
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He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks of life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.
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For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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