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Big Stories Of The Day (July 3)

Charter contract believed to be the first tying salaries to performance. Philadelphia Inquirer
Three years after organizing, teachers at Camden's first charter school have settled their first contract: a three-year pact with performance incentives.

Democrats: No Child Law Needs Overhaul AP
They all voted for it, but that was then. Democratic presidential candidates came out swinging Monday, not at each other but at the No Child Left Behind law. They spoke at the annual convention of the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union. [Word is that HRC has the endorsement locked up.]

PLUS: 'T' is for teachers - and 'terrorists' Philadelphia Daily News via EdNews.org

The 'new' NEA: Reading gets bigger CNN.com
An all-night reading at a local Krispy Kreme of American author John Steinbeck's 1939 classic "The Grapes of Wrath" -- literature amid chocolate iced glazed crullers -- may not rival an afternoon at your local library for quiet. [The 'other' NEA]

From Court, Houston Judge Presides over Class NPR
Judge William Yeoman is seeing a younger crop of defendants in his courtroom: students who act out in class.

School official sues Fox over report parody story in Maine Boston Globe
Lewiston School Superintendent Leon Levesque is seeking $75,000 in federal court in Portland to deter what his attorney Bernard J. Kubetz characterized as irresponsible reporting by Fox News Channel. Via EdNews.org.

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