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Big Stories Of The Day (Thursday June 7)

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Under NCLB Pressure, Districts Negotiate School Improvement With Unions EdWeek
In such districts as Chicago, Miami-Dade County, Fla., and Cleveland, administrators and union officials have worked together on contract provisions or formal agreements designed to help low-performing schools make gains.

Some High Schools Avoid Valedictorians NPR
Some high schools are getting rid of a senior class tradition -- naming a valedictorian. They say that lowering competition among students is better for their overall success. Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota will graduate its last valedictorians this year. Next year, exceptional students will receive just an honors diploma.

Students receive denied diplomas Boston Globe
Five Illinois students will get the diplomas they were denied when cheers erupted for them at a high school graduation, and school officials said Wednesday they would review a get-tough decorum policy.

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