Daily News Roundup

In City Schools, Tech Spending to Rise Despite Cuts
Despite sharp drops in state aid, New York City’s Department of Education plans to increase its technology spending, including $542 million next year alone that will primarily pay for wiring and other behind-the-wall upgrades to city schools. (New York Times)

F.D.A. Panel to Consider Warnings for Artificial Food Colorings
WASHINGTON — After staunchly defending the safety of artificial food colorings, the federal government is for the first time publicly reassessing whether foods like Jell-O, Lucky Charms cereal and Minute Maid Lemonade should carry warnings that the bright artificial colorings in them worsen behavior problems like hyperactivity in some children. (New York Times)

10 Things Daily Deal Sites Won’t Say

1) “50% off? Not really.”

Steep discounts are the cornerstone of the pitch for daily deal web sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial , which promise 50% off or better at a local restaurant, spa, fitness center or other shop – if enough people sign up (and pre-pay) before the limited-time offer expires. But the discount may be much less once you factor in taxes, tip and any un-covered portion of the bill. (Smart Money)

Dropout Rate Was Higher, Report Finds
New York City’s high-school drop-out rate in 2008 was up to 3.5 percentage points higher than the 13% reported by the Department of Education, the New York state comptroller said Tuesday. (Wall Street Journal)

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