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New York Teachers Sue Over Test Confidentiality

by Associated Press
Teacher by a chalkboard.

cybrarian77, Flickr 

New York's largest teachers union is suing the state Education Department over what it views as a "gag order" on teachers who score state tests.

   Teachers say they want to point out poorly written questions and ones that don't align with what students have been taught but can't because of confidentiality agreements they have to sign.

New Jersey Lawmakers Looking at Paid Sick Leave

by Associated Press

Chris Meller, Flickr

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would require employers in the state to offer workers paid sick leave - a requirement that's been gaining some momentum.

   The Assembly labor committee heard from labor and trade associations that support the concept Thursday, employers' organizations who support making changes to it and some opposed entirely.

   Workers would be entitled to one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work under the proposal. They could accrue up to 40 hours - or five days for full-time employees.

New Communication Tools to Combat Heroin

by Allie Marshall

Allie Marshall WFUV News

For the first time, state attorneys general in the Northeast are banding together to fight what they describe as a rising heroin problem. They say the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Heroin Task Force will serve to create formal secure channels about drug-related issues. The attorneys general of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts have all signed on. Over 98% of major heroin trafficking cases that go through the New York Attorney General’s Office have involved heroin flowing between New York and the other neighboring states in the coalition.

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