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New York State regulations that make some school administrators eligible for special salary supplements but deny eligibility to others violate the U.S. and state constitutions, a state appellate court has ruled.

In upholding a lower-court ruling, the appellate court said last month that the rules governing the state's Excellence in Teaching program--through which districts can receive extra aid to boost teacher salaries--deprived the excluded educators of their rights to equal protection of the laws.

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