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Arm teachers, spend more on school security and mental health, and train police to be more aggressive when responding to school shootings—those are some of the recommendations in a report into the deadliest U.S. high school shooting released. Read more>>

The Herald-Whig
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to 694 public school districts as part of the School District Library Grant Program. Grants were awarded based on a formula of 75 cents per student, with a minimum grant of $750. Read more>>

Valley News
Following success at the ballot box in November, Democratic legislators are again proposing legislation to allow New Hampshire school districts to bar people from carrying firearms onto school grounds, after a similar effort last year failed to clear a Republican-controlled Senate. Read more>>

San Francisco Chronicle
Mayor London Breed is launching an initiative to provide paid internships and job-training programs for all San Francisco high school students by summer. So far, businesses and city agencies have already pledged to make more than 100 new internships available. Read more>>

The Charlotte Observer
Because of school districts and charter schools that have been impacted by Hurricane Florence, the state’s Department of Public Instruction has delayed the release of the 2017-18 North Carolina school report cards until later this winter. Read more>>

The Press-Democrat
Declining enrollment and increased special education costs led to a newly discovered $1.9 million deficit in the Cotati-Rohnert Park USD’s budget this school year. A school district budget committee will meet over the next couple of months to determine the course of action to deal with the budget gap. Read more>>

Opinion & Analysis

The News & Observer
After school districts in Los Angeles and Chicago softened their policies to curb suspensions, teachers reported more disorder, and students reported feeling less safe. While reminding us that some kids need tremendous help, our public schools may not have the knowledge, skills and resources to provide it. So how should we move forward? Read more>>

The Hill
School letter grades aren’t a panacea to what ails schools. But they ought to give a ray of hope to parents. No series of measurements can fully capture all that is important about school quality, and parents would be wise to remember that. The answer is to share meaningful data alongside the clear indicators. Read more>>

The Hechinger Report
To increase the number of high school graduates seeking more education, one West Virginia district is deploying at every grade level a practice that has proven to give at-risk infants and toddlers a head start in life: home visiting. McDowell County is sending teachers directly to kids’ homes to counsel, persuade and cajole them to graduate on time and plan for their future. Read more>>

Industry News

Discovery Education
The South Carolina State Board of Education has approved the Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 editions of Discovery Education’s Math Techbook for statewide use as a core instructional resource through its state adoption process. Read more>>

Boxlight Corporation
The Charter School for Applied Technologies in New York will install Boxlight Corporation’s ProColor 752 interactive flat panel displays in every classroom across three buildings for its 2,365 students. Read more>>

People Watch

The West Side Index & Gustine Press-Standard
The new Stanislaus County superintendent of schools will be Scott Kuykendall. Promoted from his previous position as assistant superintendent, he will oversee the Stanislaus County Office of Education, administering a variety of direct programs and providing a variety of support services to the California county’s school district. Read more>>

The Sentinel
After a 35-year career in education, William Fishbough has announced his upcoming retirement as superintendent of Hanford Joint Union High School District. He has led the California district since 2006. Read more>>

The Pantagraph
Roanoke-Benson’s school board has hired Tom Welsh as its new superintendent and principal at Sowers Elementary. He will replace Superintendent Rohn Peterson, who is retiring from the Illinois school district. Read more>>