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Los Angeles Daily News
As leaders of LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles remain locked in an impasse over a new contract, the district has hired close to 400 substitute staffers to replace picketing educators in the event of a potential strike on January 10. But the move has sparked outrage from the union. Read more>>

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A state Senate committee approved recommendations that include starting no earlier than seven to 10 days before Labor Day, and ending around June 1. Most of Georgia’s 181 school districts begin in the first half of August and end in May. Read more>>

Associated Press/Gillette News-Record via Billings Gazette
The Wyoming school district will try a new security system that allows students, teachers or visitors to activate an alarm that immediately alerts law-enforcement officers and pinpoints the location of the alarm within the building. The BluePoint Alert system will soon be installed at the district’s four secondary schools. Read more>>

KTVQ
The Wyoming Department of Education recently unveiled WyomingMeasuresUp.com, a new tool for parents to track how well their child’s school is measuring in performance and testing standards, among other things. Read more>>

Holland Sentinel
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of school safety bills into law. In addition, another education bill requires the Michigan Department of Education to give every school an A-F letter grade in five categories. Read more>>

Pharos-Tribune
An Indiana state senator intends to file a school bus safety bill that would not have students crossing state highways to get to school buses. School districts would be allowed to petition to reduce speed limits near bus stops. Increased penalties for traffic law violations resulting in death are also proposed. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

NPR
The research shows that people become skilled readers by learning that written text is a code for speech sounds. The primary task for a beginning reader is to crack the code. Since the starting point is sound, it’s critical for teachers to have a deep understanding of this. But research shows they don’t. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
New York City recently introduced a plan that would bring preschool for 3-year-olds into home-based childcare. It’s a move that other districts are likely to watch closely. There is no playbook for how to effectively include home-based childcare in public preschool, and most programs have relied on schools and centers. Read more>>

Industry News

Mutualink, Inc.
Brevard County joins six other Florida counties using Mutualink’s instant emergency communications coordination platform between schools and law enforcement to enhance school safety readiness and response. Read more>>

Cengage and Gale/OhioLINK/Libraries Connect Ohio
Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company, to provide more than 2,500 school, academic and public libraries throughout Ohio with free access to Gale digital resources through LCO and its partners, OhioLINK, OPLIN and InfOhio. Read more>>

Construction Watch

Chicago Construction News
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to establish a pilot program for school districts to use the design-build construction delivery method. It allows architects, engineers and construction contractors to pick their partners and be hired as a team, expediting project completion. Read more>>

KTVA
Although almost all Anchorage School District facilities are up and running after November’s massive southcentral Alaska earthquake, some repair efforts are continuing nearly a month later, hampered by aftershocks. Read more>>