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Wendy OIiver, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
District leaders can use blockchain technology to move from traditional, linear student transcripts to cumulative-skill chains, which give learners ownership of their own data, says Wendy OIiver, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker. Read more>>

Matthew X. Joseph, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
If school leaders spend all of their time in the office, how will they know what staff, students and families need? DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Matthew X. Joseph addresses strategies for boosting school leader availability, approachability and visibility. Read more>>

Sylvia Martinez, DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker
DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Sylvia Martinez provides tips on how to combine curriculum, crafts and a dose of creativity in your library makerspace. She is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Read more>>

Top News

One of the largest school districts in the country is trying something new: Starting next month, students in Fairfax County's school system can take one day off per school year to engage in political activism. Read more>>

Skagit Valley Herald
The Anacortes School Board is asking the state Legislature to lift the cap on how much money districts can collect through local levies. Because of the imposed cap on local levy dollars, the Washington district collected $1.2 million less than what voters approved for the 2019-20 school year. Read more>>

Funding for the overtime patrols that were conducted by nearly 40 Indiana law enforcement agencies created safer school bus stops. Officers conducted an additional 2,057 patrols and worked an extra 5,690 hours, targeting speeding, aggressive driving and other traffic violations. Read more>>

Akron Beacon Journal
As part of its effort to better connect students with jobs and careers after they graduate, Akron Public Schools is piloting a program to bring driver’s education back into some high schools where the need is greatest. Read more>>

The Dallas Morning News
The average top boss in Texas school districts has been in place for four years with Dallas-area leaders far outpacing the average tenure for superintendents in the state. according to new survey results. That’s better than the national average for big-city schools districts, which is just shy of four years. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

PBS Newshour
Only about a third of California households in rural areas are subscribed to internet service, compared with 78 percent in urban areas, according to a California Public Utilities Commission analysis. Districts have come up with creative solutions to help students get online at home, including using funds from the Local Control Funding Formula. Read more>>

The Washington Post
Many middle schools give final exams with disappointing results. Maybe they do not want to push pre-adolescent students too hard. The founders of one charter school chain won’t let students advance if they flunk comprehensive exams. Read more>>

Industry News

Tyler Technologies, Inc.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools has signed a software-as-a-service agreement with Tyler Technologies, Inc. for its Munis enterprise resource planning and ExecuTime Time & Attendance solutions. The North Carolina district serves approximately 55,000 students across 81 schools. Read more>>

BeBop Sensors
BeBop Sensors' Forte Data Glove is a virtual reality haptic glove integrated and designed for Oculus, Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality, HTC and other headset technology. The glove provides real-time haptic feedback that lets users "feel" textures and surfaces in addition to moving digital objects around as they exist in real life. Read more>>

People Watch

Jessica Dain will serve as the Kansas district's next superintendent. She currently serves as the assistant superintendent of support services in the Olahte School District. Dain's new role leading the Piper School District will begin in July. Read more>>

Evanston Patch
Devon Horton currently serves as the chief of schools for the Jefferson County Public School System in Louisville, KY. He will be the Evanston/Skokie School District 65's new superintendent of schools in Illinois as of July 1. Read more>>