Matt Zalaznick

Matt Zalaznick is a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

Healthier school meals rules are looming. Here is what they look like

Reducing salt and sugar content across school menus is the leading goal of new nutrition standards that may soon be served up in cafeterias.

Superintendent salary: How 3 states aim to cap the pay of top K12 educators

The most drastic proposal, from Texas, would prevent public officials from earning more than the state's governor. Another bill links the salaries of superintendents to first-year teachers.

Teacher vacancies: 5 states show warning signs of a tough new normal

Nearly 80% of the schools that participated in a new survey reported vacancies while nearly all of the districts said their shortages are as bad or worse than last year.

One superintendent’s rocky road ends as school board battles rage on

Vickie Cartwright and the Broward County school board appear to have reached a $365,000 separation agreement after months of conflict.

Superintendents, are you sick of the culture wars? So are many parents

A majority of parents say the culture wars—i.e., banning books and stifling 'woke' agendas—are much less important than academic advancement and school safety, according to a new survey.

AP African American Studies course shrinks in scope after outcry

Many Black scholars associated with critical race theory, the queer experience, and Black feminism have been removed—along with Black Lives Matter—from the official curriculum, The New York Times reported.

A war on ChatGPT is raging. But some K12 leaders are making peace with AI

While districts in New York City and Seattle have blocked ChatGPT, administrators in Denver Public School are exploring how to use OpenAI's chatbot as a teaching tool.

This big Texas district just decided not to teach sex education this year

Sex education will be absent from Forth Worth ISD classrooms after the district's new health curriculum succumbed to pushback from some parents and political leaders.

Guess who your teachers blame most for restricting what they teach?

Despite pressure from politicians and parents, few district leaders have reported imposing curriculum restrictions due to political polarization around race, gender and LGBTQ topics.

Another superintendent steps down after butting heads with school board

Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 Superintendent Eric Olson cited "irreconcilable differences" with the board as the main reason for his decision to resign from the Chicago-area system when the school year ends in June.

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