Alcino Donadel

Alcino Donadel is a DA staff writer and Florida Gator alumnus. A graduate in journalism and communications, his beats have ranged from Gainesville's city development, music scene, and regional little league sports divisions. He has triple citizenship from the U.S., Ecuador, and Brazil.

“We fail to build strong children:” This bill slashes education budget by 13%

The FY 2025 bill, approved by an appropriations subcommittee, would reduce funding for Title I state grants by 25%, hurting schools that receive supplemental aid for enrolling 40% or more children from low-income families.

‘Talking Out of School’ podcast: Educating tomorrow’s superintendents

Pamela Shetley and Doug Anthony head the University of Maryland's Education in School System Leadership Ed.D. program, which challenges aspiring superintendents to take on a district’s real-time wicked problem, diagnose its root causes and find the solution.

Schools need faster emergency response technology. What’s the holdup?

Despite the swiftness with which a shooting can occur, K12 districts have been slow to update their security systems, frustrating vendors who believe higher education leaders are letting practical campus solutions run right through their fingertips. 

Equal access, college pathways and DeSantis: A sit-down with Supe Jose Dotres of Miami-Dade

While Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Jose Dotres has proven himself to be more than a capable leader, job security as a superintendent in Fla. has never been more fraught. Here's what's on his agenda for his last three years on the job and how he's learned to navigate a new political environment.

ACT: Nearly half of high school students using AI tools, on class assignments

Studying over 4,000 students in grades 10 to 12 this past summer, ACT discovered that 46% have used different AI tools. Of this cohort, nearly half (46%) have used it for school assignments.

What you missed at DALI Naples: Awarding this year’s outstanding superintendents

At the final DALI Summit this year in Naples Grande Beach Resort, superintendents seamlessly shifted gears between commiserating with fellow district leaders and getting down to business to identify, diagnose and provide solutions to some of their most top-of-mind issues.

Institutions are blending K12 and higher ed to improve student equity. Here’s how

With affirmative action ending, closing the gap between K12 and higher education might be as important as between students of different races and economic backgrounds.

ACT scores are at a 30-year low. How does this impact K12?

The graduating class of 2023 has continued a six-year decline in ACT scores, according to new data released by the testing giant.

4 ways to ensure underresourced students excel in dual enrollment outcomes

The Community College Research Center at Columbia University Teachers College has developed a new framework urging colleges and K12 districts to work together to ensure students take dual enrollment courses with vision, preparation and an eye toward postsecondary success.

3 campus safety measures schools can use to tighten security

Institutions are displaying a revamped focus to strengthen student safety measures, many of which are bolstered by emerging technologies.

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